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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, May 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/07/2007   
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MAY KEY POINTS

TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings declined for the sixth consecutive month to 954,200. This was the lowest figure recorded since January 2005.
  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings declined for the fifth consecutive month to 664,600.
  • The trend estimate for mutton production declined for sixth consecutive month, to 19,700 tonnes. This was the lowest figure recorded since December 2004.
  • The trend estimate for beef production decreased for the fifth consecutive month, to 178,000 tonnes.

MAY KEY FIGURES


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

Cattle
747.3
642.6
664.6
Calves
81.5
80.4
83.8
Sheep
921.0
895.7
954.2
Lambs
1,778.3
1,637.4
1,683.1
Pigs
487.7
435.6
437.0

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
196,501
169,571
177,959
Veal
2,805
2,541
2,630
Mutton
18,061
18,535
19,662
Lamb
36,546
33,034
34,160
Pig meat
36,323
31,770
31,799


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).


FORTHCOMING ISSUES

The June 2007 issue of this data is due for release on 1 August 2007.

For more information about these and related statistics, contact Daniel Lester on Hobart (03) 6222 5943, or the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.

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