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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Feb 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/04/2006   
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FEBRUARY KEY POINTS

TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings rose for the fourth consecutive month, to 646,800. This was the highest figure recorded since June 2005.
  • The trend estimate for beef production rose for the fifth consecutive month, to 175,200 tonnes. This was the highest figure recorded since June 2005.
  • The trend estimate for pigs slaughterings fell for the fourth consecutive month, to 439,900. This was the lowest figure recorded since July 2005.
  • The trend estimate for pig meat production fell for the fourth consecutive month, to 31,800 tonnes. This was the lowest figure recorded since July 2001.

FEBRUARY KEY FIGURES


Seasonally
Trend
LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED
Original
adjusted
estimate
'000
'000
'000

Cattle
639.1
659.8
646.8
Calves
31.3
70.0
65.6
Sheep
1,146.3
1,016.5
1,016.2
Lambs
1,563.7
1,536.8
1,527.9
Pigs
400.1
435.2
439.9

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
174,750
178,899
175,221
Veal
1,531
2,240
2,137
Mutton
23,298
20,968
20,939
Lamb
32,374
31,425
31,097
Pig meat
28,557
31,520
31,752



NOTES

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. More detailed information on this series can be obtained by contacting the ABS or by referring to the quarterly ABS publication Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0).


FORTHCOMING ISSUES

The March 2006 issue of this data is due for release on 5 May 2006.

For more information about these and related statistics, contact John Moody on Hobart 03 6222 5867, or the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.


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