7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, May 2019 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 05/07/2019   
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Trends in livestock slaughtered and meat produced

Cattle

Compared to April 2019:

  • Cattle slaughtered decreased 0.4% to 685,800 head
  • Beef production decreased 0.5% to 194,700 tonnes

Compared to May 2018:
  • Cattle slaughtered increased 4.4%
  • Beef production increased 1.4%

Image: Graph showing number of cattle slaughtered and beef produced over a one year period

Calves

Compared to April 2019:
  • Calves slaughtered increased 1.8% to 49,300 head
  • Veal production increased 2.0% to 2,300 tonnes

Compared to May 2018:
  • Calves slaughtered increased 36.3%
  • Veal production increased 57.5%

Image: Graph showing number of calves slaughtered and veal produced over a one year period


Sheep

Compared to April 2019:
  • Sheep slaughtered decreased 1.0% to 769,500 head
  • Mutton production decreased 1.1% to 18,300 tonnes

Compared to May 2018:
  • Sheep slaughtered decreased 8.5%
  • Mutton production decreased 6.4%

Image: graph showing sheep slaughter and mutton production data for the last 12 months

Lamb

Compared to April 2019:
  • Lambs slaughtered increased 0.2% to 1.94 million head
  • Lamb production increased 0.4% to 44,800 tonnes

Compared to May 2018:
  • Lambs slaughtered decreased 3.0%
Lamb production decreased 0.6%

Image: Graph showing lambs slaughtered and meat produced over the past 12 months in Australia

Pigs

Compared to April 2019:
  • Pigs slaughtered decreased 0.3% to 435,500 head
  • Pork production decreased 0.4% to 33,700 tonnes

Compared to May 2018:
  • Pigs slaughtered decreased 4.1%
  • Pork production decreased 5.1%
Image: Graph showing number of pigs slaughtered and pork produced over a one year period