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7215.0 - Livestock Products, Australia, Mar 2009 Quality Declaration 
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QUALITY DECLARATION - SUMMARY


INSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENT


For information on the institutional environment of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), including the legislative obligations of the ABS, financing and governance arrangements, and mechanisms for scrutiny of ABS operations, please see ABS Institutional Environment.


RELEVANCE

    Livestock Products, Australia (ABS cat. no. 7215.0) presents statistics from a number of different collections.

    The data relating to livestock slaughtering and meat production is collected monthly from abattoirs and other major slaughtering establishments, and include estimates of animals slaughtered on farms and by country butchers and other small slaughtering establishments. The data represents human consumption only. Slaughtering and meat production for pet food is not included in these estimates.

    Wool receivals data are based on a quarterly census of wool brokers and dealers. Data is based on the state in which wool has been received, and does not necessarily reflect the production of wool in that state.

    Chicken slaughtering statistics are compiled quarterly from a survey of commercial poultry establishments.

    Data relating to exports of live sheep, live cattle, fresh, chilled and processed meat are obtained daily from the Australian Customs Service (ACS). Statistics are compiled for all Australian states and territories as well as totals for Australia.

    Milk data is obtained from Dairy Australia, who collect milk production and milk sales data on a state basis.


    TIMELINESS


    Livestock Products, Australia
    (ABS cat. no. 7215.0) is released quarterly, six weeks after the reference period, and contains information from the most recent quarter for slaughtering, meat produced, exports and wool and for the previous quarter for milk intake data. For example, the September quarter publication presents slaughtering, meat produced, exports and wool data for the September quarter and milk data for the June quarter.


    ACCURACY


    Most respondents to the livestock, poultry and wool surveys are able to report all the data requested directly from company records. In cases where not all information is available, careful estimates are provided. For example, some small abattoirs do not record the weight of the individual animals. An estimate of the amount of meat produced is derived by multiplying the number of animals slaughtered by an average weight provided or by a predetermined average. As some smaller abattoirs provide aggregate data only, e.g. for cattle slaughterings, an estimate is required to split the data between the appropriate categories.

    The statistics on chicken slaughtering exclude very small producers, however the level of coverage remains high. The Australian total excludes Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory data due to confidentiality.

    Exports data are compiled using information provided by exporters and their agents to the ACS. This data is obtained by the ABS and subjected to further quality checking procedures to ensure that the quality of aggregate data is of an acceptable standard.


    COHERENCE


    Most data are directly comparable over different collection cycles. From July 1997 onwards in the Livestock Slaughtered Survey, the category of Bulls, bullocks and steers was separated into two separate categories of Bulls and Bullocks and Steers.

    From September 2004, the categories Baconers, Porkers, and Other Pigs were expanded to include a separate category for Breeding sows. These data are available upon request.


    INTERPRETABILITY


    The livestock, poultry and wool surveys provide a broad range of up-to-date data about the processing of livestock and poultry, production of meat, and wool receivals, through a suite of standard products or as data customised for individual requirements. Detailed Explanatory Notes are provided each quarter in Livestock Products, Australia (ABS cat. no. 7215.0) to assist users in determining and specifying their data requirements and to understand the concepts underlying the data.

    Milk statistics were collected and supplied by Dairy Australia. For more information refer to: http://www.dairyaustralia.com.au/

    Further information on exports data can be obtained from the following publication which can be downloaded free of charge from the ABS web site: International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (ABS cat. no. 5368.0).

    The major series estimates in this publication are available in original, seasonally adjusted and trend series. For further information on seasonal adjustment and trend estimation, please see Time Series Analysis Frequently Asked Questions, 2003 (ABS cat. no. 1346.0.55.002).


    ACCESSIBILITY


    Data is presented by state in most cases except for chicken statistics, where data for South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmanian are collected, but not released for publication to ensure confidentiality of the information providers.

    Details about unpublished slaughterings and meat production statistics can be found in the Livestock Slaughtering Collection (http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/dossbytitle/4C142A777B490458CA256BD00026EC55?OpenDocument) and are available on request.

    If the information you require is not available as a standard product or service, then ABS Consultancy Services can help you with customised services to suit your needs. Inquiries should be made to the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.

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