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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Jan 2011 Quality Declaration 
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
February 2011 7 April 2011
March 2011 18 May 2011
April 2011 10 June 2011



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 and include estimates of animals slaughtered by country butchers and other small slaughtering establishments. More detailed information on this series can be obtained by referring to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) quarterly publication, Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0).

Additional time series spreadsheets containing state/territory and national data are available from the Downloads tab for this publication. These spreadsheets contain original, seasonally adjusted and trend estimates for slaughtering and meat production for bulls, bullocks and steers, cows and heifers, cattle (excluding calves), calves, sheep, lambs and pigs.

The ABS welcomes any comments from readers regarding the usefulness, range and quality of the statistics presented in this publication. Comments can be forwarded to: The Environment and Agriculture Business Statistics Centre, Australian Bureau of Statistics, GPO Box 66, Hobart TAS 7001. Alternatively email <agriculture.statistics@abs.gov.au> or phone (03) 6222 5939.


EFFECT OF QUEENSLAND FLOODS

Flooding in Queensland began in late December 2010. Flooding has had a small impact on response rates with 95% achieved against a target of 100%. This has had a minor impact on the estimates.


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.


SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK
  • In January 2011, the trend estimate for cattle slaughterings fell 1% from December 2010 to 584 thousand.
  • Calf slaughterings in January 2011 increased 3% compared to December 2010, but are still down 21% from January 2010.
  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings in January 2011 decreased to 453 thousand, a fall of 4% from December 2010 and a 26% fall from January 2010.
  • Lamb slaughterings remained relatively steady in January 2011 compared to December 2010, but are still down 5% from January 2010.
  • In January 2011, the trend estimate for pig slaughterings fell 1% from December 2010 to 380 thousand.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia - January 2011

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
429 290
558 623
583 913
Calves
27 843
67 908
66 552
Sheep
475 798
450 095
453 274
Lambs
1 313 912
1 449 174
1 482 049
Pigs
336 778
376 895
379 525

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT
  • In January 2011, the trend estimate for beef production decreased to 166 thousand tonnes, a fall of 1% from December 2010.
  • Veal production rose 5% in January 2011 compared to December 2010, but is still down 14% from January 2010.
  • The production of mutton in January 2011 decreased to 10 thousand tonnes, a fall of 3% from December 2010 and a fall of 23% from January 2010.
  • In January 2011, production of lamb remained relatively steady at 32 thousand tonnes, but is still down 2% from January 2010.
  • The trend estimate for production of pig meat fell 1% compared to December 2010, but is still up 2% from January 2010.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia - January 2011

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
121 975
155 639
165 648
Veal
2 615
4 310
4 130
Mutton
10 839
10 282
10 388
Lamb
28 911
31 445
32 025
Pig meat
24 315
27 724
27 835




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