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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Mar 2011 Quality Declaration 
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
April 2011 14 June 2011
May 2011 8 July 2011
June 2011 10 August 2011



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.

The ABS welcomes any comments from readers regarding the usefulness, range and quality of the statistics presented in this publication. Comments can be forwarded to: The Environment and Agriculture Business Statistics Centre, Australian Bureau of Statistics, GPO Box 66, Hobart TAS 7001. Alternatively email <agriculture.statistics@abs.gov.au> or phone (03) 6222 5939.


EFFECT OF QUEENSLAND FLOODS

Extensive flooding began in late December 2010 in Queensland and was more wide spread in both Queensland and other states in January 2011. Any impact on these estimates that is directly attributable to the floods cannot be determined.


INQUIRIES

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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK

  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings in March 2011 remained steady compared to February 2011.
  • Calf slaughterings in March 2011 fell 1% to 64 thousand compared to February 2011 and fell 20% compared to March 2010.
  • In March 2011, the trend estimate for sheep slaughterings fell 3% to 406 thousand from February 2011 and decreased 24% compared to March 2010.
  • Lamb slaughterings fell 1% to 1.4 million in March 2011 compared to February 2011.
  • The trend estimate for pig slaughterings in March 2011 was little changed from February 2011 at 378 thousand.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia - March 2011

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
651 938
593 680
612 367
Calves
45 655
55 656
64 408
Sheep
434 711
398 736
406 610
Lambs
1 492 286
1 431 766
1 438 382
Pigs
411 099
376 289
377 570

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT
  • In March 2011, the trend estimate for beef production remained steady compared to February 2011.
  • Veal production in March 2011 was little changed compared to February 2011 at 4 thousand tonnes.
  • In March 2011, the production of mutton decreased to 9 thousand tonnes, a fall of 3% from February 2011 and a fall of 21% from March 2010.
  • Lamb production was little changed in March 2011 at 32 thousand tonnes compared to February 2011.
  • In March 2011, the trend estimate for production of pig meat remained steady at 28 thousand tonnes compared to February 2011.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia - March 2011

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
186 671
169 006
174 027
Veal
3 533
3 478
4 181
Mutton
9 748
9 221
9 405
Lamb
33 420
31 743
31 631
Pig meat
30 161
27 547
27 765




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