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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Dec 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/02/2006   
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DECEMBER KEY POINTS

TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings fell for the seventh consecutive month, to 966,900. This was the lowest figure recorded since January 2005.
  • The trend estimate for mutton production fell for the seventh consecutive month, to 20,200 tonnes. This was the lowest figure recorded since January 2005.
  • The trend estimate for pig slaughterings rose for the sixth consecutive month, to 451,100. This was the highest figure recorded since June 2004.
  • The trend estimate for pork production rose for the sixth consecutive month, to 32,500 tonnes. This was the highest figure recorded since March 2005.

DECEMBER KEY FIGURES


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

Cattle
525.3
623.1
602.2
Calves
26.5
67.6
70.5
Sheep
986.6
967.7
966.9
Lambs
1,417.8
1,514.9
1,507.1
Pigs
455.9
447.1
451.1

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
143,250
169,868
165,011
Veal
1,388
2,444
2,433
Mutton
20,943
20,088
20,171
Lamb
28,201
30,603
30,550
Pig meat
31,649
32,004
32,473



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 January 2006 issue of this data is due for release on 6 March 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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