MAY KEY POINTS
- The trend estimate for beef production rose for the sixth consecutive month, to 185,600 tonnes. This was the highest figure recorded since records began in July 1979.
- The trend estimate for lamb slaughterings rose for the tenth consecutive month, to 1.6 million. This was the highest figure recorded since October 2000.
MAY KEY FIGURES
- The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings rose for the seventh consecutive month, to 1.0 million. This was the highest figure recorded since February 2003.
- The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings rose for the fifth consecutive month, to 690,800. This was the highest figure recorded since December 2002.
- The trend estimate for pig slaughterings fell for the third consecutive month, to 441,700. This was the lowest figure recorded since September 2001.
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.