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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Dec 2015 Quality Declaration 
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DECEMBER KEY TREND FIGURES

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED AND MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, December 2015


November 2015
December 2015
Nov 2015 to Dec 2015
Dec 2014 to Dec 2015

Livestock (no.)
Cattle (a)
698 528
688 250
-1.5%
-13.3%
Calves
42 403
37 442
-11.7%
-37.6%
Sheep
725 053
718 060
-1.0%
-8.4%
Lambs
1 911 106
1 916 522
0.3%
2.2%
Pigs
412 642
414 624
0.5%
1.6%
Meat (t)
Beef
195 881
193 709
-1.1%
-12.5%
Veal
1 950
1 687
-13.5%
-52.2%
Mutton
17 200
16 927
-1.6%
-8.6%
Lamb
42 693
42 904
0.5%
3.3%
Pig Meat
31 095
31 140
0.1%
0.8%

(a) Excludes calves


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DECEMBER KEY POINTS

Livestock and meat production monthly trend movements for December 2015:
  • Cattle slaughter numbers fell in December 2015 and was the thirteenth consecutive fall reported after reaching record highs in late 2014. Despite these falls cattle slaughter numbers remain at relatively high levels
  • Lamb slaughtering steadied but remain at the near-record highs recorded in April 2015
  • Pig slaughter and production remained steady.

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