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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Jul 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/09/2004   
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JULY KEY POINTS

TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings fell for the first time in eleven months, to 975,300. Good rainfall in late July across eastern states encouraged producers to retain stock.
  • The trend estimate for lamb slaughterings fell for the fourth consecutive month, to 1.3 million. Numbers are expected to increase during spring although poor winter pastures may delay this.
  • The trend estimate for pig slaughterings fell for the fourth consecutive month, to 454,100. Industry reports indicated that significant summer heat waves had lowered reproduction rates and subsequently supply is tightening.
JULY KEY FIGURES


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

Cattle
702.1
667.2
660.3
Calves
93.9
74.6
74.5
Sheep
725.1
898.4
975.3
Lambs
1,100.9
1,190.0
1,302.1
Pigs
454.2
443.4
454.1

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
185,336
175,762
174,555
Veal
3,017
2,634
2,603
Mutton
14,649
18,116
20,007
Lamb
21,711
23,479
26,381
Pig meat
32,977
31,695
32,792



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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