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

ISSUE Release Date
February 2012 4 April 2012
March 2012 9 May 2012
April 2012 4 June 2012



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

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LIVESTOCK

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.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia, January 2012

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
497 818
625 888
622 651
Calves
27 604
59 448
58 124
Sheep
514 109
435 597
449 657
Lambs
1 448 081
1 544 456
1 479 173
Pigs
363 259
397 064
393 618

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT

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.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, January 2012

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
143 312
180 670
179 878
Veal
2 544
3 878
3 720
Mutton
11 744
10 096
10 290
Lamb
32 343
34 404
32 193
Pig meat
26 047
29 253
28 997




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