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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Mar 2006  
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MARCH KEY POINTS

TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings rose for the fifth consecutive month, to 670,400. This was the highest figure recorded since May 2005.
  • The trend estimate for beef production rose for the sixth consecutive month, to 181,300 tonnes. This was the highest figure recorded in the collection which commenced in July 1979.
  • The trend estimate for pigs slaughterings fell for the fifth consecutive month, to 436,800. This was the lowest figure recorded since August 2001.
  • The trend estimate for pig meat production fell for the fifth consecutive month, to 31,700 tonnes. This was the lowest figure recorded since July 2001.

MARCH KEY FIGURES


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

Cattle
744.6
677.8
670.4
Calves
48.1
75.8
69.2
Sheep
1,127.7
987.8
1,003.7
Lambs
1,665.4
1,548.4
1,541.8
Pigs
481.7
435.4
436.8

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
201,951
183,333
181,294
Veal
2,066
2,353
2,195
Mutton
22,704
20,322
20,640
Lamb
34,372
31,046
31,197
Pig meat
34,423
31,830
31,692



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).


FORTHCOMING ISSUES

The April 2006 issue of this data is due for release on 31 May 2006.

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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