7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Feb 2012
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/04/2012
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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.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.
In February 2012 the trend estimate for cattle slaughterings remained steady at 621 thousand.
Calf slaughterings increased by 1% to 59 thousand in February 2012.
In February 2012, the trend estimate for sheep slaughterings decreased by 1% to 427 thousand.
Lamb slaughterings increased by 2% to 1.6 million in February 2012.
The trend estimate for pig slaughterings remained steady at 398 thousand in February 2012.
In February 2012 the trend estimate for beef production remained steady at 178 thousand tonnes.
Veal production increased by 1% in February 2012 to 4 thousand tonnes but decreased by 10% compared to February 2011.
In February 2012, the production of mutton decreased by 1% to 10 thousand tonnes.
Lamb production in February 2012 increased by 2% to 34 thousand tonnes.
The trend estimate for production of pig meat in February 2012 increased by 1% to 29 thousand tonnes.
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