7215.0 - Livestock Products, Australia, Dec 2003
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DEC QTR KEY FIGURES
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LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED: Trend
CATTLE (EXCLUDING CALVES)
The trend estimate for the number of cattle slaughtered in December quarter 2003 rose by 1% to 1.9 million due mainly to increased turnoff in Queensland where conditions remained dry.
The trend estimate for the number of calves slaughtered in December quarter 2003 rose by 1% to 282,000.
SHEEP AND LAMBS
The trend estimate for sheep slaughtered in December quarter 2003 fell by 5% to 2.2 million reflecting the national shortage of sheep and improved grazing conditions in some areas. The number of lambs slaughtered remained steady at 4.0 million.
The trend estimate for the number of pigs slaughtered fell by 2% to 1.4 million in December quarter 2003, with high levels of imports competing for the domestic market.
MEAT PRODUCTION: Trend
The trend estimate for beef production rose by 1% to 489,000 tonnes in December quarter 2003, in line with the increase in slaughter numbers.
MUTTON AND LAMB
The trend estimate for mutton production in December quarter 2003 fell by 1% to 47,800 tonnes. The trend estimate for lamb production rose by 1% to 82,500 tonnes. The easing of drought conditions saw heavier slaughter weights for both sheep and lambs.
TOTAL RED MEAT
The trend estimate for red meat production remained steady at 730,000 tonnes in December quarter 2003. Increases in beef and lamb production were offset by falls in pig meat and mutton production.
The trend estimate for chicken meat production in December quarter 2003 increased slightly to 170,000 tonnes.
LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS: Trend
WHOLE MILK INTAKE BY FACTORIES
The trend estimate for whole milk intake by factories fell by 1% to 2.5 billion litres in September quarter 2003 as the effects of the drought continued.
BROKERS AND DEALERS RECEIVALS OF TAXABLE WOOL
The trend estimate for wool receivals by brokers and dealers for December quarter 2003 fell by 3% to 110,000 tonnes.
LIVESTOCK EXPORTS: Original
EXPORTS OF LIVE SHEEP
Live sheep exports fell by 4% to 1.1 million in December quarter 2003. Gross value of live sheep exports fell by 8% to $73.2 million. Unit value fell by 4% to $69.51. The strengthening Australian dollar has seen Australia's competitiveness reduced in this market.
EXPORTS OF LIVE CATTLE
Live cattle exports fell by 8% to 150,000 in December quarter 2003. An 11% increase in unit value (to $553.46) saw gross value increase by 2% to $83.1 million. The strengthening Australian dollar saw demand fall in key Asian markets.
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