7501.0 - Value of Principal Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, Preliminary, 2012-13 Quality Declaration 
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LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERINGS AND OTHER DISPOSALS
  • The gross value of total livestock slaughterings and other disposals in 2012-13 fell by 5% to $13.1 billion.
  • The gross value of cattle and calves remained steady nationally at $7.7 billion. Although production in 2012-13 increased, driven mainly by drought-induced adult cattle slaughter, the average prices decreased per head.
  • The gross value of sheep and lambs fell by 25% to $2.2 billion in 2012-13. Widespread dry conditions caused sheep producers to turn off large numbers of stock, resulting in a high supply available for slaughter and causing a fall in prices. The live sheep export industry also experienced trade issues, with the fall in gross values reflecting lower prices and the decline in numbers.
  • The gross value of pigs remained steady at $934 million, with a slight increase in slaughter numbers offset by a fall in average prices.
  • In 2012-13 the gross value of poultry increased by 7% to $2.2 billion. Higher meat production and higher average prices occurred as a result of increase in consumer demand.

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Footnote(s): (a) Data for 2013 are preliminary and may be subject to revision. (b) Due to confidentiality restrictions, data for South Australia (2007-2011; 2013), Western Australia (2007-2013) and Tasmania (2007-2013) are not available.

Source(s): Value of Principal Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, Preliminary (cat. no. 7501.0)



LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS
  • The gross value of livestock products decreased by 7% to $6.8 billion in 2012-13, driven by an 8% fall in the gross value of milk and a 10% fall in the gross value of wool. These decreases were partly offset by a 12% increase in the value of eggs.


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Footnote(s): (a) Data for 2013 are preliminary and may be subject to revision. (b) Due to confidentiality restrictions, data for Northern Territory (2012) and Australian Capital Territory (2012) are not available.

Source(s): Value of Principal Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, Preliminary (cat. no. 7501.0)