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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Aug 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/10/2004   
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AUGUST KEY POINTS

TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for lamb slaughterings fell for the fifth consecutive month, to 1.3 million. This was the lowest figure recorded since November 1997.
  • The trend estimate for pig slaughterings fell for the fifth consecutive month, to 450,600. Likewise, the trend estimate for pig meat production fell for the fifth consecutive month, to 32,600 tonnes.
  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings rose for the fifth consecutive month, to 675,200.

AUGUST KEY FIGURES


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

Cattle
678.8
685.7
675.2
Calves
181.0
74.2
73.6
Sheep
791.2
916.5
940.2
Lambs
1,135.9
1,286.9
1,255.2
Pigs
438.9
447.7
450.6

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
178,889
179,747
177,960
Veal
4,295
2,441
2,507
Mutton
16,133
18,394
18,971
Lamb
22,459
26,731
27,494
Pig meat
32,208
32,414
32,570



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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