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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Dec 2004  
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DECEMBER POINTS

TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for calf slaughterings fell for the twelfth consecutive month, to 70,300. This was the lowest figure recorded since records began in July 1979.
  • The trend estimate for pig slaughterings fell for the eighth consecutive month, to 440,400. This was the lowest figure recorded since September 2001.
  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings fell for the fourth consecutive month, to 649,500.

DECEMBER KEY FIGURES


Seasonally
Trend
LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED
Original
adjusted
estimate
'000
'000
'000

Cattle
558.6
649.2
649.5
Calves
26.9
68.7
70.3
Sheep
995.7
950.3
911.2
Lambs
1,366.3
1,397.4
1,443.8
Pigs
479.8
449.7
440.4

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
147,680
172,090
173,365
Veal
1,359
2,374
2,455
Mutton
21,553
20,019
19,131
Lamb
27,582
28,176
28,745
Pig meat
34,384
33,354
32,343



NOTES

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).

For more information about these and related statistics, contact John Moody on Hobart 03 6222 5867, or the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.

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