7215.0 - Livestock Products, Australia, Dec 2019 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/02/2020   
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Livestock slaughtered and meat produced

Trends since September 2019


  • 2.2 million were slaughtered (up 2.3%)
  • 616,900 tonnes of beef were produced (up 2.2%)

Image: Graph showing cattle slaughtered and beef produced in Australia over the past 9 quarters

  • 2.4 million were slaughtered (up 4.8%)
  • 59,600 tonnes of mutton were produced (up 6.1%)

Image: Graph showing sheep slaughtered and mutton produced in Australia over the past 9 quarters

  • 5.2 million were slaughtered (down 1.9%)
  • 122,300 tonnes of lamb were produced (down 1.4%)

Image: Graph showing lambs slaughtered and lamb produced in Australia over the past 9 quarters

  • 1.3 million were slaughtered (down 0.8%)
  • 97,800 tonnes of pork were produced (down 0.6%)

Image: Graph showing pigs slaughtered and pork produced in Australia over the past 9 quarters

  • 163 million were slaughtered (up 1.1%)
  • 303,200 tonnes of chicken meat were produced (down 0.2%)

Image: Graph showing chickens slaughtered and chicken produced in Australia over the past 9 quarters


Receivals for the December 2019 quarter continue to be low. Continuing dry seasonal conditions have led to a decrease in wool produced in most regions, with many farms destocking across recent months.

  • 70,000 tonnes were received (down 3.7%)
  • Wool brokers and dealers reported decreases in most states with New South Wales down 3.3% (to 21,900 tonnes), Victoria down 7.1% ( to 19,600 tonnes) and Western Australia down 4.1% (to 16,100 tonnes).
  • South Australia was up 2.9% (to 9,900 tonnes)

Image: Graph showing wool receivals in Australia over the past 9 quarters


Recent bushfire activity in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory has resulted in only minor disruption to ABS livestock data collection activities for this release. Quality assurance undertaken by the ABS confirmed that these disruptions have not resulted in any impacts to national Livestock statistics to date. Whilst it is expected that bushfire activity may have some impact on future Livestock estimates this activity is not observed in the December quarter estimates.

Exports data

From March 2020, exports data (exports of fresh, chilled, frozen and processed meat and exports of live cattle and sheep) will no longer be published in Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0). ABS exports data can be found in the International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0). Please contact us on 1300 135 070 if you need help accessing this information. The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment also publish detailed livestock exports data.