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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Oct 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/12/2004   
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OCTOBER KEY POINTS

TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings fell for the fifth consecutive month, to 859,300. This was the lowest figure recorded since December last year.
  • The trend estimate for pig slaughterings fell for the seventh consecutive month, to 443,400. This was the lowest figure recorded since October 2001.
  • The trend estimate for pig meat production fell for the seventh consecutive month, to 32,100 tonnes. This was the lowest figure recorded since July 2001.

OCTOBER KEY FIGURES


Seasonally
Trend
LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED
Original
adjusted
estimate
'000
'000
'000

Cattle
672.3
639.2
663.6
Calves
84.3
78.2
73.3
Sheep
955.3
868.3
859.3
Lambs
1,623.3
1,518.9
1,369.0
Pigs
407.9
432.4
443.4

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
181,155
171,975
176,353
Veal
2,699
2,661
2,558
Mutton
20,657
17,958
17,542
Lamb
32,274
30,263
27,965
Pig meat
29,547
31,426
32,069



NOTES

INTRODUCTION

This publication presents statistics on livestock slaughterings and meat production. These statistics are based on a monthly collection from abattoirs and other major slaughtering establishments. More detailed information on this series can be obtained by contacting the ABS or by referring to the quarterly ABS publication Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0).

For more information about these and related statistics, contact John Moody on Hobart 03 6222 5867, or the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.

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