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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Feb 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/04/2005   
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FEBRUARY KEY POINTS

TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for calf slaughterings fell for the fourteenth consecutive month, to 65,300. This was the lowest figure recorded since records began in July 1979.
  • The trend estimate for lamb slaughterings rose for the seventh consecutive month, to 1.5 million. This was the highest figure recorded since January 2002.
  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings fell for the sixth consecutive month, to 644,800.

FEBRUARY KEY FIGURES


Seasonally
Trend
LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED
Original
adjusted
estimate
'000
'000
'000

Cattle
635.3
655.2
644.8
Calves
29.1
66.4
65.3
Sheep
1,090.6
976.5
954.8
Lambs
1,485.6
1,472.2
1,460.7
Pigs
406.4
438.3
443.4

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
172,232
176,040
172,769
Veal
1,499
2,101
2,090
Mutton
22,422
20,477
20,109
Lamb
31,317
30,801
30,282
Pig meat
29,428
32,278
32,624



NOTES

INTRODUCTION

This publication presents statistics on livestock slaughterings and meat production. These statistics are based on a monthly collection from abattoirs and other major slaughtering establishments. More detailed information on this series can be obtained by contacting the ABS or by referring to the quarterly ABS publication Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0).

For more information about these and related statistics, contact John Moody on Hobart 03 6222 5867, or the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.

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