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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Aug 2013 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/10/2013   
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
September 2013 8 November 2013
October 2013 6 December 2013
November 2013 17 January 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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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK

Livestock slaughtering trend movements for August 2013:
  • Cattle slaughterings increased by 1% to 711,000 head, the highest since December 2006
  • The number of calves slaughtered decreased by 2% to 53,700 head
  • Sheep slaughterings remained steady at 914,000 head
  • The number of lambs slaughtered remained steady at 1.8 million head
  • Pig slaughterings remained steady at 402,000 head

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LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia, August 2013

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
731 291
709 842
710 776
Calves
105 519
54 535
53 712
Sheep
721 199
858 276
913 953
Lambs
1 785 014
1 833 870
1 808 820
Pigs
406 304
402 654
402 398

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT

Meat production trend movements for August 2013:
  • Beef production increased by 1% to a record 198,000 tonnes
  • Veal production increased by 1% to 3,400 tonnes
  • Mutton production remained steady at 20,200 tonnes
  • Lamb production remained steady at 38,500 tonnes
  • Pig meat remained steady at 30,000 tonnes

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MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, August 2013

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
203 595
197 857
197 506
Veal
4 578
3 479
3 438
Mutton
16 739
19 582
20 197
Lamb
37 637
39 254
38 541
Pig meat
30 942
30 209
30 203




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