7215.0 - Livestock Products, Australia, Mar 2004
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/05/2004
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MARCH QTR KEY FIGURES
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
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LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED: Trend
CATTLE (EXCLUDING CALVES)
Lack of widespread rain across most cattle regions saw the trend estimate for the number of cattle slaughtered in March quarter 2004 rise marginally to 2.0 million.
The trend estimate for the number of calves slaughtered in March quarter 2004 remained steady at 274,000.
SHEEP AND LAMBS
Continuing dry conditions and water shortages in some areas saw the trend estimate for sheep slaughtered in March quarter 2004 increase by 8% to 2.6 million. The number of lambs slaughtered increased by 3% to 4.2 million.
The trend estimate for the number of pigs slaughtered fell marginally to 1.4 million in March quarter 2004. High levels of imports continue to compete for the domestic market.
MEAT PRODUCTION: Trend
In March quarter 2004, the trend estimate for beef production rose by 2% to 506,000 tonnes, in line with the increase in slaughter numbers.
MUTTON AND LAMB
The trend estimate for mutton production in March quarter 2004 rose by 10% to 56,600 tonnes. The trend estimate for lamb production rose by 3% to 87,200 tonnes.
TOTAL RED MEAT
The trend estimate for red meat production rose by 2% to 759,000 tonnes in March quarter 2004, with increases reported for beef, mutton and lamb production.
The trend estimate for chicken meat production in March quarter 2004 increased slightly to 173,000 tonnes.
LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS: Trend
WHOLE MILK INTAKE BY FACTORIES
The trend estimate for whole milk intake by factories increased marginally to 2.5 billion litres in December quarter 2003, as farmers continue to recover from the drought.
BROKERS AND DEALERS RECEIVALS OF TAXABLE WOOL
The trend estimate for wool receivals by brokers and dealers for March quarter 2004 rose by 5% to 120,000 tonnes, reflecting the lessening impact of the recent drought in eastern states.
LIVESTOCK EXPORTS: Original
EXPORTS OF LIVE SHEEP
Live sheep exports fell by 3% to 1.0 million in March quarter 2004. A 5% fall in unit value (to $66.73) saw the gross value of live sheep exports fall to $67.6 million. Demand has been affected by the strengthening Australian dollar, tight domestic sheep supplies and relatively high saleyard prices.
EXPORTS OF LIVE CATTLE
Live cattle exports fell by 35% to 97,000 in March quarter 2004. The gross value of live cattle exports fell by 34% to $54.9 million. Unit value increased marginally to $566.10. Demand in key South East Asian markets continued to be affected by the strengthening Australian dollar.
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