Livestock and Meat, Australia

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Monthly data from abattoirs and major slaughtering establishments. Includes livestock slaughtered by country butchers and other small establishments

Reference period
June 2020

Key statistics

  • Lamb slaughter increased by 11.6% compared to May 2020.
  • Lamb production increased by 13.6% compared to May 2020.

Main features

Livestock slaughtered and meat produced


Compared to May 2020:

  • 0.3% decrease in cattle slaughter to 600,000 head
  • 1.1% decrease in beef production to 173,700 tonnes

Compared to June 2019:

  • 15.0% decrease in cattle slaughter
  • 13.8% decrease in beef production


Compared to May 2020:

  • 0.8% decrease in calf slaughter to 39,400 head
  • 2.7% decrease in veal production to 1,700 tonnes

Compared to June 2019:

  • 21.8% decrease in calf slaughter
  • 31.1% decrease in veal production


Compared to May 2020:

  • 1.1% decrease in sheep slaughter to 439,500 head
  • 4.2% increase in mutton production to 11,700 tonnes

Compared to June 2019:

  • 43.3% decrease in sheep slaughter
  • 36.4% decrease in mutton production


Compared to May 2020:

  • 11.6% increase in lambs slaughtered to 1.5 million head
  • 13.6% increase in lamb production to 38,000 tonnes

Compared to June 2019:

  • 6.5% decrease in lambs slaughtered
  • 1.9% decrease in lamb production


Compared to May 2020:

  • 6.2% increase in pig slaughter to 453,500 head
  • 4.9% increase in pork production to 35,200 tonnes

Compared to June 2019:

  • 6.2% increase in pig slaughter
  • 6.4% increase in pork production

Changes in this and forthcoming issues

Upcoming change in collection frequency - monthly to quarterly

This is the final issue of Livestock and Meat, Australia (cat. no. 7218.0.55.001). Quarterly livestock slaughtering and production statistics for the September 2020 quarter onwards will be published in Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0) on 17 November 2020.

Impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in June 2020

The ABS is continuing to monitor potential impacts from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on livestock slaughtering statistics, and will continue to do so for the duration of the pandemic.

For the June 2020 reference month, COVID-19 did not impact data collection activities related to livestock slaughtering. Individual abattoirs and slaughtering establishments reported a range of impacts attributed to COVID-19:

  • some businesses reported an increase in their operations to meet demand from Accommodation and Food Services businesses following the easing of restrictions;
  • select businesses reported a decrease in their operations due to COVID-19 restrictions impacting exports;
  • other businesses reported little to no impact from COVID-19 restrictions.

Suspension of trend estimates

The trend series attempts to measure underlying behaviour in livestock slaughter and meat production. In the short term, this measurement may be affected by changes to regular patterns in livestock slaughterings and meat production arising from continuing COVID-19 restrictions, as well as changes in overall environmental conditions. If the trend estimates in this publication were to be calculated without fully accounting for these factors, they would likely provide a misleading view of underlying behaviour in livestock slaughter and meat production.

It may be some time before the underlying trend in livestock slaughter and meat production can be estimated accurately. The livestock trend series have therefore been suspended from the March 2020 reference month.

For more detail on trend estimates, please refer to paragraphs 16-19 in the Explanatory Notes and the ABS Feature Article: When it's Not "Business-as-Usual": Implications for ABS Time Series (cat no. 1350.0).

Data downloads - time series spreadsheets

Table 1. Livestock slaughtered - bulls, bullocks and steers: all series ('000)

Table 2. Livestock slaughtered - cows and heifers: all series ('000)

Table 3. Livestock slaughtered - cattle (excluding calves): all series ('000)

From December 2014 cattle slaughtered and beef produced in the Northern Territory have been included with Queensland figures where applicable

Table 4. Livestock slaughtered - calves: all series ('000)

Table 5. Livestock slaughtered - sheep: all series ('000)

Table 6. Livestock slaughtered - lambs: all series ('000)

Table 7. Livestock slaughtered - pigs: all series ('000)

Table 8. Red meat produced - beef: all series (tonnes)

From December 2014 cattle slaughtered and beef produced in the Northern Territory have been included with Queensland figures where applicable

Table 9. Red meat produced - veal: all series (tonnes)

Table 10. Red meat produced - mutton: all series (tonnes)

Table 11. Red meat produced - lamb: all series (tonnes)

Table 12. Red meat produced - pig meat: all series (tonnes)

Table 13. Red meat produced - total red meat: all series (tonnes)

All time series spreadsheets

Data downloads - data cubes

Publication tables

Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 7218.0.55.001.

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