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Impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in April
Suspension of trend estimates
The trend series attempts to measure underlying behaviour in livestock slaughter and meat production. In the short term, this measurement may be affected by changes to regular patterns in livestock slaughterings and meat production arising from continuing COVID-19 restrictions, as well as changes in overall environmental conditions. If the trend estimates in this publication were to be calculated without fully accounting for these factors, they would likely provide a misleading view of underlying behaviour in livestock slaughter and meat production.
It may be some time before the underlying trend in livestock slaughter and meat production can be estimated accurately. The livestock trend series have therefore been suspended from the March 2020 reference month. The trend series will be reinstated when more certainty emerges in the underlying trend for these series.
For more detail on trend estimates, please refer to paragraphs 16-19 in the Explanatory Notes and the ABS Feature Article: When it's Not "Business-as-usual": Implications for ABS Time Series (cat no. 1350.0).
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