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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Aug 2011 Quality Declaration 
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

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September 2011 8 November 2011
October 2011 5 December 2011
November 2011 11 January 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.

The ABS welcomes any comments from readers regarding the usefulness, range and quality of the statistics presented in this publication. Comments can be forwarded to: The Environment and Agriculture Business Statistics Centre, Australian Bureau of Statistics, GPO Box 66, Hobart TAS 7001. Alternatively email <agriculture.statistics@abs.gov.au> or phone (03) 6222 5939.


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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK

The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings in August 2011 remained steady at 595 thousand compared to July 2011.

Calf slaughterings in August 2011 fell by 1% to 54 thousand compared to July 2011 and fell 12% compared to August 2010.

In August 2011, the trend estimate for sheep slaughterings remained steady at 364 thousand compared to July 2011.

Lamb slaughterings in August 2011 increased by 2% to 1.6 million compared to July 2011.

The trend estimate for pig slaughterings in August 2011 remained steady at 397 thousand compared to July 2011.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia, August 2011

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
639 830
605 548
594 705
Calves
116 018
55 189
54 285
Sheep
348 127
372 880
363 981
Lambs
1 593 041
1 615 578
1 626 152
Pigs
415 296
396 597
396 632

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT

In August 2011, the trend estimate for beef production remained steady at 171 thousand tonnes compared to July 2011.

Veal production in August 2011 fell by 3% to 3 thousand tonnes compared to July 2011.

In August 2011, the production of mutton remained steady at 9 thousand tonnes.

Lamb production in August 2011 increased by 3% to 37 thousand tonnes compared to July 2011.

In August 2011, the trend estimate for production of pig meat increased by 1% to 29 thousand tonnes compared to July 2011.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, August 2011

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
184 740
174 637
171 290
Veal
5 075
3 195
3 325
Mutton
8 243
8 664
8 566
Lamb
35 509
37 095
37 314
Pig meat
31 108
29 294
29 475




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