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7123.6.55.001 - Agricultural State Profile, Tasmania, 2004-05  
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Meat cattle are found in all parts of Tasmania; the highest concentrations are in the north-west (King Island and Circular Head) and in the north-east (Dorset municipality). Smaller herds are found throughout the Central Highlands and Northern Midlands municipalities. Tasmania almost exclusively produces grass-fed beef for domestic and international markets.

Tasmania's meat cattle herd increased marginally in the year ending 30 June 2005 to be at 498,000.

MEAT CATTLE, Tasmania, at 30 June

'000

2001
426.5
2002
431.8
2003
481.9
2004
495.5
2005
498.4

Source: Agriculture, Australia (cat. no. 7113.0) and Agricultural Commodities, Australia (cat. no. 7121.0).

At 30 June 2005, 46% of meat cattle in Tasmania were found in the Mersey-Lyell Statistical Division (231,000).
MEAT CATTLE, at 30 June 2005

Statistical Division
'000

Greater Hobart
^ 5.2
Southern
65.5
Northern
196.5
Mersey-Lyell
^ 231.1
Tasmania
498.4

^ data subject to sampling variability between 10% and 25%
Source: Unpublished ABS data available on request, 2005 Agricultural Survey.

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