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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Mar 2009 Quality Declaration 
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
April 2009 5 June 2009
May 2009 3 July 2009
June 2009 4 August 2009
July 2009 4 September 2009
August 2009 6 October 2009
September 2009 4 November 2009



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).


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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK
  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings remained steady at 653 thousand.
  • Sheep slaughterings have decreased 9% since March 2008 to 932 thousand.
  • For the fifth consecutive month, lamb slaughterings remained stable at 1.8 million.
  • At 367 thousand, pig slaughterings have declined 14% over the past year

Livestock Slaughtered, Australia, March 2009

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle (excl. calves)
706 490
658 787
653 279
Calves
50 154
71 127
69 504
Sheep
1 161 438
989 162
932 464
Lambs
1 823 745
1 802 813
1 782 435
Pigs
373 083
357 871
366 736




MEAT
  • The trend estimate for beef production remained consistent at 176 thousand tonnes.
  • At 19.4 thousand tonnes, mutton production was down 12% compared to the same time last year.
  • Lamb production remained steady at 37 thousand tonnes.
  • Pig meat production continued to decline to 26.4 thousand tonnes; down 15% compared to the same period the previous year.

Meat Produced, Australia, March 2009

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
193 146
177 745
176 270
Veal
2 098
2 542
2 615
Mutton
23 386
20 559
19 440
Lamb
38 049
37 294
36 980
Pig Meat
27 095
25 893
26 424




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