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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Feb 2013 Quality Declaration 
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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK

Livestock trend movements for February 2013:
  • Cattle slaughterings continued to increase, up by 1% to 667,000, reaching figures not seen since November 2008
  • The number of calves slaughtered increased by 3% to 60,400
  • Sheep slaughterings increased by 3% to 674,000, the highest figure since September 2009
  • The number of lambs slaughtered increased by 2% to a record 1.9 million head
  • Pig slaughterings remained steady at 400,000

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LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia, February 2013

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
655 022
679 627
666 669
Calves
35 466
63 119
60 369
Sheep
860 547
711 899
673 618
Lambs
1 802 697
1 871 444
1 865 966
Pigs
370 284
402 951
400 084

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT

Meat production trend movements for February 2013:
  • Beef production continued to increase, up by 1% to 188,000 tonnes
  • Veal production increased by 1% to 3,500 tonnes
  • Mutton production continued its recovery, up by 3% to 15,000 tonnes
  • Lamb production increased by 2% to a record 40,100 tonnes
  • Pig meat production remained steady at 30,000 tonnes

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MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, February 2013

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
185 151
190 823
188 370
Veal
2 720
3 498
3 491
Mutton
18 775
16 132
15 184
Lamb
39 110
40 078
40 120
Pig meat
27 455
30 277
29 945




FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
March 2013 8 May 2013
April 2013 6 June 2013
May 2013 9 July 2013



ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

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.


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