7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Dec 2019 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/02/2020   
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Trends in livestock slaughtered and meat produced

Cattle

Compared to November 2019:

  • Cattle slaughtered increased 0.6% to 743,000 head
  • Beef production increased 0.5% to 208,800 tonnes

Compared to December 2018:
  • Cattle slaughtered increased 9.1%
  • Beef production increased 7.4%

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


Calves

Compared to November 2019:
  • Calves slaughtered decreased 0.3% to 46,300 head
  • Veal production increased 1.7% to 2,500 tonnes

Compared to December 2018:
  • Calves slaughtered increased 4.3%
  • Veal production increased 31.4%

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

Sheep

Compared to November 2019:
  • Sheep slaughtered increased 3.0% to 842,200 head
  • Mutton production increased 2.9% to 20,900 tonnes

Compared to December 2018:
  • Sheep slaughtered increased 6.3%
  • Mutton production increased 11.6%

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

Lamb

Compared to November 2019:
  • Lambs slaughtered increased 1.8% to 1.80 million head
  • Lamb production increased 1.6% to 42,100 tonnes

Compared to December 2018:
  • Lambs slaughtered decreased 3.4%
  • Lamb production decreased 0.1%

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

Pigs

Compared to November 2019:
  • Pigs slaughtered increased 0.2% to 423,600 head
  • Pork production increased 0.4% to 32,800 tonnes

Compared to December 2018:
  • Pigs slaughtered decreased 5.0%
  • Pork production decreased 5.7%
Image: Graph showing the number of pigs slaughtered and amount of pork produced in Australia over the past 13 months


Bushfires

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 month estimates.