7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Jul 2018 Quality Declaration 
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JULY KEY TREND FIGURES

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED AND MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, July 2018


June 2018
July 2018
June 2018 to July 2018
July 2017 to July 2018

Livestock (no.)
Cattle (a)
661 789
668 208
1.0%
8.8%
Calves
36 513
36 686
0.5%
5.8%
Sheep
863 077
899 081
4.2%
37.9%
Lambs
2 070 797
2 089 058
0.9%
10.4%
Pigs
452 521
452 575
0.0%
1.8%
Meat (t)
Beef
191 505
191 917
0.2%
5.1%
Veal
1 511
1 547
2.4%
-3.6%
Mutton
19 839
20 552
3.6%
24.2%
Lamb
46 750
47 036
0.6%
8.2%
Pig Meat
35 436
35 487
0.1%
3.3%

(a) Excludes calves


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JULY KEY POINTS

As a result of continuing dry conditions in the eastern states the numbers of sheep, lambs and cattle being slaughtered has steadily increased as producers in effected regions reduce stock numbers. Lamb slaughterings continues to set records with July being the sixth consecutive month of increased slaughtering.

Livestock and meat slaughter monthly trend movements for July 2018:
  • Cattle slaughter increased by 6,400 head (or 1.0%) for the month ending July 2018 compared with the previous month and increased by 53,900 head (or 8.8%) year-on-year.
  • Calf slaughter increased marginally (up 0.5%) in the month ending July 2018 compared with the previous month and increased by 2,000 head (or 5.8%) year-on-year.
  • Sheep slaughter increased by 36 000 head (or 4.2%) for the month ending July 2018 compared with the previous month and increased by 246,900 head (or 37.9%) year-on-year.
  • Lamb slaughter increased by 18,300 head (or 0.9%) for the month ending July 2018 compared with the previous month and increased by 196,000 head (or 10.4%) year-on-year.
  • Pig slaughter remained steady for the month ending June 2018 compared July the previous month and increased by 7,900 head (or 1.8%) year-on-year.