7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Feb 2020 Quality Declaration 
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Trends in livestock slaughtered and meat produced

Key statistics

Compared to January 2020

  • 1.8% decrease in cattle slaughter to 696,200 head
  • 1.2% decrease in sheep slaughter to 787,800 head

Cattle

Compared to January 2020:
  • 1.8% decrease in cattle slaughter to 696,200 head
  • 1.3% decrease in beef production to 201,200 tonnes

Compared to February 2019:
  • 0.5% increase in cattle slaughter
  • 2.2% increase in beef production

Image: Graph showing the number of cattle slaughtered and the amount of beef produced over the past 13 months in Australia


Calves

Compared to January 2020:
  • 0.1% decrease in calf slaughter to 47,200 head
  • 1.5% decrease in veal production to 2,300 tonnes

Compared to February 2019:
  • 0.8% increase in calf slaughter
  • 9.1% increase in veal production

Image: Graph showing the number of calves slaughtered and the amount of veal produced over the past 13 months in Australia

Sheep

Compared to January 2020:
  • 1.2% decrease in sheep slaughter to 787,800 head
  • 1.2% decrease in mutton production to 19,600 tonnes

Compared to February 2019:
  • 0.5% increase in sheep slaughter
  • 4.4% increase in mutton production

Image: Graph showing the number of sheep slaughtered and the amount of mutton produced over the past 13 months in Australia

Lamb

Compared to January 2020:
  • 0.4% increase in lambs slaughtered to 1.81 million head
  • 0.5% increase in lamb production to 42,700 tonnes

Compared to February 2019:
  • 5.9% decrease in lambs slaughtered
  • 3.3% decrease in lamb production

Image: Graph showing the number of lambs slaughtered and the amount of lamb produced over the past 13 years in Australia

Pigs

Compared to January 2020:
  • 0.2% increase in pig slaughter to 427,600 head
  • 0.5% increase in pork production to 33,500 tonnes

Compared to February 2019:
  • 2.8% decrease in pig slaughter
  • 1.8% decrease in pork production
Image: Graph showing the number of pigs slaughtered and the amount of pork produced over the past 13 months in Australia


Bushfires and COVID-19

Quality assurance undertaken by the ABS confirmed that the bushfires and the COVID-19 virus did not result in quality impacts to Livestock and meat statistics for February 2020. For information on the expected economic impacts of the Bushfires and COVID-19, please see the ABS Chief Economist Series paper Measuring natural disasters in the Australian economy.

New ABS Website

The ABS will be launching a new website in 2020. You will soon be able to see how this release will appear on the new website by exploring our Beta site. Regular users of this information are encouraged to explore the Beta site and consider if this will affect the way you access and consume ABS data and information. If you would like more information on the new ABS website, or want to discuss how the transition to the new site might impact you, please email newABSwebsite@abs.gov.au