7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Jan 2020 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/03/2020   
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Trends in livestock slaughtered and meat produced

Key statistics

  • Cattle slaughtered increased 0.6% to 750,700 head compared to December 2019
  • Sheep slaughtered increased 3.1% to 884,000 head compared to December 2019


Cattle

Compared to December 2019:
  • Cattle slaughtered increased 0.6% to 750,700 head
  • Beef production increased 0.8% to 213,300 tonnes

Compared to January 2019:
  • Cattle slaughtered increased 9.4%
  • Beef production increased 9.0%

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


Calves

Compared to December 2019:
  • Calves slaughtered increased 1.9% to 49,700 head
  • Veal production increased 1.1% to 2,500 tonnes

Compared to January 2019:
  • Calves slaughtered increased 9.7%
  • Veal production increased 25.5%

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

Sheep

Compared to December 2019:
  • Sheep slaughtered increased 3.1% to 884,000 head
  • Mutton production increased 2.8% to 21,800 tonnes

Compared to January 2019:
  • Sheep slaughtered increased 13.3%
  • Mutton production increased 17.6%

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

Lamb

Compared to December 2019:
  • Lambs slaughtered increased 0.9% to 1.81 million head
  • Lamb production increased 1.0% to 42,500 tonnes

Compared to January 2019:
  • Lambs slaughtered decreased 5.0%
  • Lamb production decreased 2.3%

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

Pigs

Compared to December 2019:
  • Pigs slaughtered increased 0.6% to 430,200 head
  • Pork production increased 0.6% to 33,200 tonnes

Compared to January 2019:
  • Pigs slaughtered decreased 2.8%
  • Pork production decreased 3.4%
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 have resulted in a minor disruption to ABS livestock data collection activities for this release. For more information, please refer to paragraph 6 of the Explanatory notes. For information on the expected economic impacts of natural disasters, including bushfires, refer to 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