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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Feb 2008 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/04/2008   
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FEBRUARY KEY POINTS

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED

  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings fell for the fifth consecutive month, to 622,000, and was 11.0% lower than the same time last year.
  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings fell for the third consecutive month, to 967,000, and was 13.0% lower than the same time last year.
  • The trend estimate for lamb slaughterings fell for the fourth consecutive month, to 1.7 million, and was little changed from the same time last year.
MEAT PRODUCTION
  • The trend estimate for beef production fell for the fifth consecutive month, to 168,000 tonnes, and was 10.4% lower than the same time last year.
  • The trend estimate for mutton production fell to 21,400 tonnes, and was 5.6% lower than the same time last year.
  • The trend estimate for lamb meat production fell for the fourth consecutive month, to 36,100 tonnes, but was 3.6% higher than the same time last year.

FEBRUARY KEY FIGURES


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

Cattle
627.9
605.6
622.2
Calves
28.1
61.7
61.4
Sheep
1 183.3
978.3
967.0
Lambs
1 674.0
1 622.4
1 709.5
Pigs
406.5
434.3
435.7

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
tonnes
adjusted
tonnes
estimate
tonnes

Beef
169 211
164 280
168 418
Veal
1 341
2 027
2 002
Mutton
25 641
21 510
21 378
Lamb
35 962
34 250
36 075
Pig meat
29 063
31 545
31 944


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 March 2008 issue of this data is due for release on 1 May 2008.

For more information about these and related statistics, contact Nigel Gibson on Hobart (03) 6222 5940, or the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.

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