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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Apr 2012 Quality Declaration 
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
May 2012 5 July 2012
June 2012 3 August 2012
July 2012 6 September 2012



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 and include estimates of animals slaughtered by country butchers and other small slaughtering establishments. More detailed information on this series can be obtained by referring to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) quarterly publication, Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0).

Additional time series spreadsheets containing state/territory and national data are 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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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK

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In April 2012 the trend estimate for cattle slaughterings decreased by 1% to 596 thousand.

Calf slaughterings remained steady at 60 thousand in April 2012.

In April 2012, the trend estimate for sheep slaughterings decreased by 1% to 423 thousand.

Lamb slaughterings increased by 1% to 1.6 million in April 2012.

The trend estimate for pig slaughterings remained steady at 394 thousand in April 2012.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia, April 2012

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
535 581
585 779
595 666
Calves
52 968
56 105
59 654
Sheep
348 194
426 995
423 372
Lambs
1 484 509
1 583 199
1 609 730
Pigs
366 987
391 547
393 680

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT

Graph Image for Meat Production, Australia


In April 2012 the trend estimate for beef production decreased by 1% to 171 thousand tonnes.

Veal production decreased by 1% in April 2012 to 4 thousand tonnes.

In April 2012, the production of mutton remained steady at 10 thousand tonnes.

Lamb production in April 2012 increased by 1% to 36 thousand tonnes.

The trend estimate for production of pig meat in April 2012 remained steady at 29 thousand tonnes.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, April 2012

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
153 759
168 495
170 966
Veal
3 101
3 278
3 524
Mutton
7 682
9 799
9 799
Lamb
33 601
35 002
35 917
Pig meat
27 413
29 193
29 295




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