7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Jan 2012 Quality Declaration
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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.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.
In January 2012 the trend estimate for cattle slaughterings increased by 1% to 623 thousand.
Calf slaughterings increased by 1% to 58 thousand in January 2012, but were down 10% from January 2011.
In January 2012, the trend estimate for sheep slaughterings increased by 1% to 450 thousand.
Lamb slaughterings remained steady at 1.5 million in January 2012.
The trend estimate for pig slaughterings remained steady at 394 thousand in January 2012.
In January 2012 the trend estimate for beef production increased by 1% to 180 thousand tonnes.
Veal production increased by 3% in January 2012 to 4 thousand tonnes but decreased by 7% compared to January 2011.
In January 2012, the production of mutton increased by 1% from December 2011 to 10 thousand tonnes.
Lamb production in January 2012 remained steady at 32 thousand tonnes.
The trend estimate for production of pig meat in January 2012 remained steady at 29 thousand tonnes.
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