7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Apr 2017 Quality Declaration 
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APRIL KEY TREND FIGURES

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED AND MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, April 2017


March 2017
April 2017
Mar 2017 to Apr 2017
Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

Livestock (no.)
Cattle (a)
573 831
566 781
-1.2%
-10.8%
Calves
28 973
28 334
-2.2%
-41.2%
Sheep
531 710
529 581
-0.4%
-15.2%
Lambs
1 827 005
1 770 126
-3.1%
-8.7%
Pigs
429 149
429 113
0.0%
1.8%
Meat (t)
Beef
169 438
167 247
-1.3%
-8.0%
Veal
1 489
1 418
-4.8%
-35.0%
Mutton
13 287
13 250
-0.3%
-13.0%
Lamb
41 412
40 043
-3.3%
-8.0%
Pig Meat
33 095
33 096
0.0%
3.7%

(a) Excludes calves


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APRIL KEY POINTS

Livestock and meat production monthly trend movements for April 2017:
  • Cattle slaughter decreased by 7,100 head or 1.2% for April 2017 when compared with March 2017 and there was a year-on-year decrease of 68,900 head or 10.8%.
  • The number of calves slaughtered in April 2017 decreased by 2.2% month-on-month and compared to this period last year decreased by 19,800 head or 41.2%.
  • Sheep slaughter in April 2017 decreased by 2,100 head or 0.4% compared with March 2017 and was down 95,000 head or 15.2% year-on-year.
  • Lamb slaughters decreased by 56,900 head or 3.1% for April 2017. Compared with April 2016, slaughters decreased by 168,500 head or 8.7%.
  • Pig slaughter remained steady during the month, when compared to March 2017 and continued to increase year on year with slaughters up 7,400 head or 1.8% on this period last year.