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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Apr 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 05/06/2009   
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
May 2009 3 July 2009
June 2009 4 August 2009
July 2009 4 September 2009
August 2009 6 October 2009
September 2009 4 November 2009
October 2009 4 December 2009



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).


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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK
  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings dropped 2% to 653 thousand over the last year.
  • Sheep slaughterings increased less than 1% since March 2009 to 922 thousand.
  • For the sixth consecutive month, lamb slaughterings remained steady at 1.8 million in April 2009.
  • At 373 thousand, pig slaughterings have declined 11% over the past year.

Livestock Slaughtered, Australia, April 2009

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

CATTLE (excl. calves)
648 666
654 272
653 490
CALVES
65 374
71 857
71 147
SHEEP
862 969
887 447
921 819
LAMBS
1 791 240
1 725 874
1 751 159
PIGS
383 626
384 337
372 610




MEAT
  • The trend estimate for beef production dropped 2% to 176 thousand tonnes over the last year.
  • At 19.3 thousand tonnes, mutton production increased less than 1% since March 2009.
  • Lamb production remained stable at 36 thousand tonnes.
  • Pig meat production continued to decline to 26.8 thousand tonnes; down 11% compared to the same period the previous year.

Meat Produced, Australia, April 2009

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

BEEF
172 643
176 917
176 442
VEAL
2 654
2 597
2 639
MUTTON
17 301
18 628
19 258
LAMB
37 279
35 720
36 249
PIG MEAT
27 476
27 300
26 839




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