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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Apr 2014 Quality Declaration 
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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK

Livestock slaughtering trend movements for April 2014:
  • Cattle slaughterings remained steady at 750,000 head
  • The number of calves slaughtered increased by 1% to 65,900 head
  • The number of sheep slaughtered increased by 1% to 896,000 head
  • Lamb slaughterings decreased by less than 1% to 1.8 million head
  • The number of pigs slaughtered remained steady at 398,000 head

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LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia, April 2014

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
686 041
720 519
749 505
Calves
68 209
64 011
65 931
Sheep
717 968
863 797
896 455
Lambs
1 709 702
1 795 584
1 819 209
Pigs
382 418
395 265
397 828

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT

Meat production trend movements for April 2014:
  • The production of beef remained steady at 207,000 tonnes
  • Veal production decreased by 1% to 3,610 tonnes
  • Mutton production increased by 1% to 20,100 tonnes
  • The production of lamb decreased by 1% to 39,300 tonnes
  • The production of pig meat remained steady at 30,000 tonnes

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MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, April 2014

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
185 854
200 034
206 728
Veal
3 529
3 430
3 605
Mutton
15 231
19 397
20 137
Lamb
37 445
38 901
39 347
Pig meat
28 942
29 800
29 973



NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
May 2014 9 July 2014
June 2014 8 August 2014
July 2014 10 September 2014



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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