7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, May 2016 Quality Declaration 
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MAY KEY TREND FIGURES

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED AND MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, May 2016


April 2016
May 2016
April 2016 to May 2016
May 2015 to May 2016

Livestock (no.)
Cattle (a)
651 207
652 531
0.2%
-16.2%
Calves
47 068
50 570
7.4%
-13.8%
Sheep
637 931
626 766
-1.8%
-8.1%
Lambs
1 977 037
1 973 550
-0.2%
2.0%
Pigs
420 622
422 042
0.3%
1.7%
Meat (t)
Beef
186 666
186 660
0.0%
-14.1%
Veal
2 120
2 287
7.9%
-24.2%
Mutton
15 733
15 602
-0.8%
-4.2%
Lamb
44 383
44 316
-0.2%
3.4%
Pig Meat
31 900
32 089
0.6%
2.7%

(a) Excludes calves


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MAY KEY POINTS

Livestock and meat production monthly trend movements for May 2016
  • Cattle slaughter remained steady in May but fell by 126,000 head (or 16 percent) from May 2015.
  • The number of calves slaughtered rose by 3,500 (or 7 percent) from April 2016.
  • Sheep slaughter fell by 11,000 head (or 2 percent) from April 2016 and by 56,000 head (or 8 percent) from May 2015.
  • Lamb slaughter fell slightly after reaching a 5-year peak in April 2016.
  • Pig slaughter continued its longer term pattern of steady growth.