1345.4 - SA Stats, Aug 2010  
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This month's SA Stats includes a feature article that looks at meat production in South Australia. Australia is among the world’s largest producers of red meat and is the second largest exporter of both beef and sheep meat behind Brazil and New Zealand respectively. (Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE) 2009a; 2009b). Whilst South Australia is not one of the big players on the national or international stage, meat production makes an important contribution to the state economy. Total meat production (including poultry) in the year ending 30 June 2009 was estimated at $1,018.2m which represented 23.1% of the gross value of agricultural production in South Australia ($4,407.5m).

Using data from a variety of sources within the suite of ABS Agricultural publications, this article presents an overview of red meat production in South Australia over the last three decades. An analysis of the State’s livestock and slaughtering numbers will be followed by discussion of the volume and composition of red meat production. The geographic location of South Australia’s meat producers and the contributions these regions make to the respective livestock groups will conclude the article.

Topics which have been updated with new data in this month's issue of SA Stats include: Construction; Consumption; Housing Finance; Incomes; International Merchandise Trade; Labour Force; Price Indexes; and Water.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or James Inglis on Adelaide (08) 8237 7405, or email sa.statistics@abs.gov.au.