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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Aug 2012 Quality Declaration 
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
September 2012 7 November 2012
October 2012 6 December 2012
November 2012 15 January 2013



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.


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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK

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In August 2012, the trend estimate for cattle slaughterings increased by 1% to 597 thousand.

Calf slaughterings decreased by 4% to 46 thousand in August 2012.

In August 2012, the trend estimate for sheep slaughterings increased by 3% to 520 thousand.

Lamb slaughterings increased by 1% to 1.7 million in August 2012.

The trend estimate for pig slaughterings remained steady at 390 thousand in August 2012.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia, August 2012

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
658 401
612 109
596 632
Calves
90 636
45 248
46 423
Sheep
488 932
546 219
520 115
Lambs
1 697 307
1 702 165
1 723 241
Pigs
401 332
387 324
390 384

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT

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In August 2012, the trend estimate for beef production increased by 1% to 172 thousand tonnes.

Veal production decreased by 2% in August 2012 to 3 thousand tonnes.

In August 2012, the production of mutton increased by 3% to 12 thousand tonnes.

Lamb production in August 2012 increased by 1% to 39 thousand tonnes.

The trend estimate for production of pig meat in August 2012 remained steady at 29 thousand tonnes.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, August 2012

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
189 326
176 622
172 164
Veal
4 278
2 850
2 912
Mutton
11 085
12 229
11 792
Lamb
37 333
38 252
38 668
Pig meat
30 288
28 555
29 069




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