7215.0 - Livestock Products, Australia, Jun 2004
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/08/2004
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JUN QTR KEY FIGURES
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
A feature article on seasonal and trend influences in lamb slaughterings data has been included in this issue.
There are no forthcoming changes.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Frank Costin on Hobart 03 6222 5838.
LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED: Trend
CATTLE (EXCLUDING CALVES)
The trend estimate for the number of cattle slaughtered in June quarter 2004 remained steady at 1.9 million. The proportion of female cattle slaughtered has fallen below 50% for the third consecutive quarter as some producers begin rebuilding their herds.
The trend estimate for the number of calves slaughtered in June quarter 2004 fell by 6% to 250,000.
SHEEP AND LAMBS
The trend estimate for the number of sheep slaughtered in June quarter 2004 increased by 10% to 3.0 million and the number of lambs slaughtered increased marginally to 4.3 million. Lack of widespread autumn rains critical for pasture growth saw many regions slip back into drought conditions.
The trend estimate for the number of pigs slaughtered fell marginally to 1.4 million in June quarter 2004. Falling domestic consumption and cheaper imports continue to impact on the industry.
MEAT PRODUCTION: Trend
In June quarter 2004, the trend estimate for beef production rose by 2% to 514,000 tonnes.
MUTTON AND LAMB
The trend estimate for mutton production in June quarter 2004 rose by 9% to 63,500 tonnes. The trend estimate for lamb production rose marginally to 88,500 tonnes.
TOTAL RED MEAT
The trend estimate for red meat production rose by 2% to 774,000 tonnes in June quarter 2004, with increases reported for beef, mutton and lamb production.
The trend estimate for chicken meat production in June quarter 2004 fell slightly to 169,000 tonnes, the lowest quarterly trend estimate since December quarter 2001.
LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS: Trend
WHOLE MILK INTAKE BY FACTORIES
An improvement in seasonal conditions in March quarter 2004 saw the trend estimate for whole milk intake by factories increase marginally to 2.5 billion litres.
BROKERS AND DEALERS RECEIVALS OF TAXABLE WOOL
The trend estimate for wool receivals by brokers and dealers for June quarter 2004 rose by 4% to 128,000 tonnes.
LIVESTOCK EXPORTS: Original
EXPORTS OF LIVE SHEEP
Live sheep exports fell by 34% to 678,000 in June quarter 2004, due to the tight domestic supply of sheep and high saleyard prices. The gross value of live sheep exports fell by 35% to $44.7 million, with unit value dropping marginally to $65.99.
EXPORTS OF LIVE CATTLE
Increased demand in Asian markets saw live cattle exports rise by 75% to 169,000 in June quarter 2004. The gross value of live cattle exports rose by 74%, to $95.2 million. Unit value remained steady at $563.84.
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