QUALITY DECLARATION - SUMMARY
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Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0) presents statistics on a number of different collections quarterly.
The data relating to chicken slaughtering, meat production and gross value are compiled quarterly from a survey of commercial poultry establishments.
The statistics on wool receivals are based on a quarterly survey of wool brokers and dealers. The data are collected on the basis of the state in which the wool has been received.
Data relating to exports of live sheep, live cattle, fresh, chilled and processed meat are obtained daily from the Australian Border Force (previously known as the Australian Customs Service). Statistics are compiled for all Australian states and territories as well as for total Australia.
Other livestock slaughtering data (slaughterings, meat production and price) is collected monthly from abattoirs and other major slaughtering establishments. More detailed livestock slaughter and red meat production data is published monthly in Livestock and Meat, Australia (cat. no. 7218.0.55.001).
Data on whole milk intake and market milk sales can be accessed from the Dairy Australia website.
Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0) is released quarterly, six weeks after the reference period, and contains information from the most recent quarter for slaughtering, meat produced, gross value, exports and wool.
Most respondents to the poultry, wool and livestock surveys are able to report all the data requested directly from company records. In cases where not all information is available careful estimates are provided. For example, some small abattoirs do not record the weight of the individual animals. An estimate of the amount of meat produced is derived by multiplying the number of animals slaughtered by an average weight provided, or by a predetermined average.
The statistics on chicken slaughtering exclude very small producers, however the level of coverage remains high. The Australian total excludes Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory data due to confidentiality.
Exports data are compiled using information provided by exporters and their agents to the Australian Border Force. This data is obtained by the ABS and subjected to further quality checking procedures to ensure that the quality of aggregate data is of an acceptable standard.
Most data are directly comparable over different collection cycles.
Prior to the September 2011 edition, more comprehensive data relating to livestock slaughter and red meat production were included in this product. From September 2011 onwards these data continue to be available on a monthly basis in Livestock and Meat, Australia (cat. no. 7218.0.55.001).
Gross value data relating to livestock slaughterings has been included in this publication for the first time for the March 2016 quarter and will continue to be available on a quarterly basis. For this issue (March 2016 quarter) gross value data has also been included for the previous two quarters.
The poultry, wool and livestock surveys provide a broad range of up-to-date data about the processing of livestock and poultry, production of meat, gross value and wool receivals, through a suite of standard products or as data customised for individual requirements. Detailed explanatory notes are provided each quarter in Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0) to assist users in determining and specifying their data requirements and to understand the concepts underlying the data.
Further information on exports data can be obtained from the following publication which can be downloaded free of charge from the ABS web site: International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0).
The major estimates in this publication are available in original, seasonally adjusted and trend series. Gross value data is available in original series only. To find out more information on seasonal adjustment and trend estimates please see Time series Analysis Frequently Asked Questions (cat. no. 1346.0.55.002).
Data is presented by state in most cases except for chicken statistics, where data for South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania are collected and included in totals, but not released separately for publication, to ensure confidentiality of the providers of the information.