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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Sep 2012 Quality Declaration 
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
October 2012 6 December 2012
November 2012 15 January 2013
December 2012 6 February 2013



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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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK
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In September 2012, the trend estimate for cattle slaughterings increased by 1% to 615 thousand.

Calf slaughterings decreased by 3% to 46 thousand in September 2012.

In September 2012, the trend estimate for sheep slaughterings increased by 3% to 536 thousand.

Lamb slaughterings remained steady at 1.7 million in September 2012.

The trend estimate for pig slaughterings remained steady at 386 thousand in September 2012.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia, September 2012

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
614 435
624 009
614 578
Calves
75 641
47 316
45 759
Sheep
575 619
540 119
536 388
Lambs
1 669 361
1 683 642
1 712 941
Pigs
366 873
382 771
385 812

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT
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In September 2012, the trend estimate for beef production increased by 1% to 76 thousand tonnes.

Veal production decreased by 2% in September 2012 to 3 thousand tonnes.

In September 2012, the production of mutton increased by 2% to 12 thousand tonnes.

Lamb production in September 2012 remained steady at 38 thousand tonnes.

The trend estimate for production of pig meat in September 2012 remained steady at 29 thousand tonnes.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, September 2012

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
176 748
178 033
176 189
Veal
3 545
2 956
2 867
Mutton
13 859
12 359
12 204
Lamb
35 885
37 347
38 332
Pig meat
27 667
28 592
28 783




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