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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Jun 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/08/2004   
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JUNE KEY POINTS

TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings rose for the tenth consecutive month, to 1.0 million. Dry seasonal conditions and poor pasture quality throughout much of south-eastern Australia has continued to influence slaughter numbers.
  • The trend estimate for mutton production rose for the eleventh consecutive month, to 21,400 tonnes.
  • The trend estimate for pig slaughterings rose for the fifth consecutive month, to 461,700. The industry remains concerned about the prospect of increased pig meat imports into Australia.
JUNE KEY FIGURES


Seasonally
Trend
LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED
Original
adjusted
estimate
'000
'000
'000

Cattle
696.7
654.7
650.1
Calves
85.7
72.3
74.3
Sheep
815.3
1,018.9
1,026.5
Lambs
1,267.1
1,301.8
1,413.3
Pigs
514.3
481.2
461.7

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
181,491
173,585
172,088
Veal
2,923
2,491
2,577
Mutton
16,337
21,185
21,416
Lamb
25,942
26,533
29,104
Pig meat
38,281
35,146
33,512



NOTES

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 contacting the ABS or by referring to the quarterly ABS publication Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0).

For more information about these and related statistics, contact John Moody on Hobart 03 6222 5867, or the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.

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