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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Jul 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/09/2003   
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JULY KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings fell for the tenth consecutive month, to 703,700 due mainly to ongoing drought conditions in some areas. The July 2003 trend estimate was the lowest monthly figure recorded since February 1984.
  • Mutton production fell for the tenth consecutive month, to 14,200 tonnes; this was the lowest monthly figure recorded since February 1984 . Lower numbers sent to slaughter are resulting in lower mutton production.
  • The trend estimate for pigs slaughterings rose for the tenth consecutive month, to 489,000.


JULY KEY FIGURES


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

Cattle
672.8
628.9
639.0
Calves
117.4
77.8
85.5
Sheep
589.8
671.0
703.7
Lambs
1,274.4
1,234.0
1,287.4
Pigs
526.1
508.6
489.0

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
166,754
157,267
159,655
Veal
3,455
2,667
2,750
Mutton
11,835
13,481
14,158
Lamb
25,318
24,639
25,582
Pig meat
39,159
37,293
35,861



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).

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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