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7215.0 - Livestock Products, Australia, Sep 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/11/2003   
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SEP QTR KEY FIGURES


TREND ESTIMATES
Sep Qtr 2002
Jun Qtr 2003
Sep Qtr 2003
’000
’000
’000

Number slaughtered
Cattle
2,047.6
1,952.7
1,894.8
Calves
278.6
285.2
263.0
Sheep
3,893.8
2,620.3
2,105.7
Lambs
4,260.5
4,067.0
3,916.5
Pigs
1,417.8
1,443.9
1,438.9
Chickens
107,313.1
104,432.5
105,490.0

Sep Qtr 2002
Jun Qtr 2003
Sep Qtr 2003
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Meat produced
Beef
524,726
487,944
475,680
Veal
8,937
9,501
9,090
Mutton
76,751
52,070
43,090
Lamb
83,689
80,762
78,764
Pig meat
102,968
106,013
105,555
Chicken meat
177,208
169,651
169,142
Wool receivals

139,622

105,634

102,175

Jun Qtr 2002
Mar Qtr 2003
Jun Qtr 2003
ML
ML
ML

Whole milk intake by factories
2,886
2,502
2,453



Graph - Cattle slaughterings, Sept 1999 to Sept 2003p
Graph - Sheep and lamb slaughterings, Sept 1999 to Sept 2003
SEPTEMBER QTR KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for beef production for September quarter 2003 fell by 3% to 476,000 tonnes, the lowest quarterly estimate since March quarter 1998.
  • In September quarter 2003, the trend estimate for the number of sheep slaughtered fell by 20% to 2.1 million, the lowest quarterly estimate since March quarter 1984.
  • The trend estimate for the number of pigs slaughtered for September quarter 2003 dropped marginally to 1.4 million after 11 consecutive quarterly increases.


NOTES

CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

There are no changes in this issue.


FORTHCOMING CHANGES

There are no forthcoming changes.


FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information about these and related statistics, contact Frank Costin on Hobart 03 6222 5838, or the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.


LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED: Trend


CATTLE (EXCLUDING CALVES)

The trend estimate for the number of cattle slaughtered in September quarter 2003 fell by 3% to 1.9 million. Useful rains in some areas and falling feed grain prices have allowed producers to hold onto stock.

Graph - Cattle slaughtered, Sept 1995 to Sept 2003



CALVES

The trend estimate for the number of calves slaughtered in September quarter 2003 fell by 8% to 263,000, in line with the pattern of reduced turnoff for cattle.

Graph - Calves slaughtered, Sept 1995 to Sept 2003



SHEEP AND LAMBS

Tight supply saw the trend estimate for sheep slaughtered in September quarter 2003 fall by 20% to 2.1 million, the lowest quarterly estimate since March 1984. The number of lambs slaughtered fell by 4% to 3.9 million, due to low numbers of new season lambs.

Graph - Sheep and lamb slaughtered, Sept 1995 to Sept 2003



PIGS

The trend estimate for the number of pigs slaughtered in September quarter 2003 dropped marginally to 1.4 million, after 11 consecutive quarterly increases.

Graph - Pigs slaughtered, Sept 1995 to Sept 2003



MEAT PRODUCTION: Trend


BEEF

The trend estimate for beef production fell by 3% to 476,000 tonnes in September quarter 2003, in line with the change in cattle slaughter numbers.
Graph - Beef production, Sept 1995 to Sept 2003



MUTTON AND LAMB

The trend estimate for mutton production fell by 17% to 43,100 tonnes, as sheep slaughterings continued to fall. The trend estimate for lamb production fell by 2% to 78,800 tonnes.

Graph - Mutton and lamb produced, Sept 1995 to Sept 2003



TOTAL RED MEAT

The trend estimate for total red meat production fell by 3% to 712,000 tonnes in September quarter 2003. Decreases were reported for all categories of red meat.

Grapgh of red meat produced, Sept 1995 to Sept 2003



CHICKEN MEAT

The trend estimate for chicken meat production in September quarter 2003 fell marginally to 169,000 tonnes. This was the fourth consecutive quarterly decrease after a long period of generally sustained growth.
Graph of chicken meat produced, Sept 1995 to Sept 2003



LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS: Trend


WHOLE MILK INTAKE BY FACTORIES

The trend estimate for whole milk intake by factories fell by 2% to 2.5 billion litres in June quarter 2003, with the prolonged drought continuing to reduce milk production levels.
Graph of milk production, June 1995 to June 2003



BROKERS AND DEALERS RECEIVALS OF TAXABLE WOOL

The trend estimate for wool receivals by brokers and dealers fell by 3% to 102,000 tonnes. The effects of the long drought, and reduced overseas demand continued to affect wool production levels.

Graph - Wool receivals, Sept 1995 to Sept 2003



LIVESTOCK EXPORTS: Original


EXPORTS OF LIVE SHEEP

Live sheep exports increased by 13% to 1.1 million in September quarter 2003, with demand from Middle Eastern markets still strong. Gross value of live sheep exports increased to $78.0 million. Unit value remained steady at $71.38.

Graph - Exports of live sheep, Sept 1999 to Sept 2003



EXPORTS OF LIVE CATTLE

Drought and oversupply in some Asian markets saw live cattle exports fall by 23% to 163,000 in September quarter 2003. The 10% decrease in unit value (to $499.78), combined with the decline in export numbers, saw gross value of live cattle exports fall to $81.6 million.

Graph - Exports of live cattle, Sept 1999 to Sept 2003




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