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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Oct 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/12/2009   
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
November 2009 8 January 2010
December 2009 3 February 2010
January 2010 4 March 2010
February 2010 8 April 2010
March 2010 6 May 2010



INTRODUCTION

This publication presents statistics on livestock slaughterings and meat production. These statistics are based on a monthly collection from abattoirs and other major slaughtering establishments. More detailed information on this series can be obtained by referring to the Australian Bureau of Statistics quarterly publication, Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0).

Additional time series spreadsheets containing state/territory and national data are now available from the Downloads tab for this publication. These spreadsheets contain original, seasonally adjusted and trend estimates for slaughtering and meat production for bulls, bullocks and steers, cows and heifers, cattle (excluding calves), calves, sheep, lambs and pigs.


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INQUIRIES

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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK
  • In October 2009, the trend estimate for cattle slaughterings decreased 1% to 647 thousand, from the previous month.
  • Sheep slaughterings were 774 thousand in October 2009, a decrease of 20% from October 2008.
  • Lamb slaughterings were 1.8 million in October 2009, a 3% rise from October 2008.
  • In October 2009, pig slaughterings remained steady at 383 thousand.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia - October 2009

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle (excl. calves)
657 931
610 023
646 628
Calves
70 168
61 358
61 664
Sheep
827 055
757 209
774 197
Lambs
1 944 957
1 733 288
1 783 267
Pigs
377 706
387 137
383 108




MEAT
  • In October 2009, the trend estimate for beef production was 175 thousand tonnes, a decrease of 2% from October 2008.
  • Mutton production was 17 thousand tonnes in October 2009, a decrease of 16% from October 2008.
  • In October 2009, lamb production was 37 thousand tonnes, an increase of 6% from October 2008.
  • Pig meat production totalled 28 thousand tonnes in October 2009, an increase of 3% from October 2008.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia - October 2009

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
180 921
167 996
175 438
Veal
3 447
2 997
2 955
Mutton
19 009
16 411
16 819
Lamb
40 453
36 223
37 114
Pig meat
27 293
27 978
27 837




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