7215.0 - Livestock Products, Australia, Sep 2003
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LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED: Trend
CATTLE (EXCLUDING CALVES)
The trend estimate for the number of cattle slaughtered in September quarter 2003 fell by 3% to 1.9 million. Useful rains in some areas and falling feed grain prices have allowed producers to hold onto stock.
The trend estimate for the number of calves slaughtered in September quarter 2003 fell by 8% to 263,000, in line with the pattern of reduced turnoff for cattle.
SHEEP AND LAMBS
Tight supply saw the trend estimate for sheep slaughtered in September quarter 2003 fall by 20% to 2.1 million, the lowest quarterly estimate since March 1984. The number of lambs slaughtered fell by 4% to 3.9 million, due to low numbers of new season lambs.
The trend estimate for the number of pigs slaughtered in September quarter 2003 dropped marginally to 1.4 million, after 11 consecutive quarterly increases.
MEAT PRODUCTION: Trend
The trend estimate for beef production fell by 3% to 476,000 tonnes in September quarter 2003, in line with the change in cattle slaughter numbers.
MUTTON AND LAMB
The trend estimate for mutton production fell by 17% to 43,100 tonnes, as sheep slaughterings continued to fall. The trend estimate for lamb production fell by 2% to 78,800 tonnes.
TOTAL RED MEAT
The trend estimate for total red meat production fell by 3% to 712,000 tonnes in September quarter 2003. Decreases were reported for all categories of red meat.
The trend estimate for chicken meat production in September quarter 2003 fell marginally to 169,000 tonnes. This was the fourth consecutive quarterly decrease after a long period of generally sustained growth.
LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS: Trend
WHOLE MILK INTAKE BY FACTORIES
The trend estimate for whole milk intake by factories fell by 2% to 2.5 billion litres in June quarter 2003, with the prolonged drought continuing to reduce milk production levels.
BROKERS AND DEALERS RECEIVALS OF TAXABLE WOOL
The trend estimate for wool receivals by brokers and dealers fell by 3% to 102,000 tonnes. The effects of the long drought, and reduced overseas demand continued to affect wool production levels.
LIVESTOCK EXPORTS: Original
EXPORTS OF LIVE SHEEP
Live sheep exports increased by 13% to 1.1 million in September quarter 2003, with demand from Middle Eastern markets still strong. Gross value of live sheep exports increased to $78.0 million. Unit value remained steady at $71.38.
EXPORTS OF LIVE CATTLE
Drought and oversupply in some Asian markets saw live cattle exports fall by 23% to 163,000 in September quarter 2003. The 10% decrease in unit value (to $499.78), combined with the decline in export numbers, saw gross value of live cattle exports fall to $81.6 million.
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