APRIL KEY POINTS
APRIL KEY FIGURES
- In April 2003, the trend estimate for cattle slaughterings fell for the fifth consecutive month, to 652,900 due mainly to the shorter weeks associated with Easter and Anzac Day. As well, good rains in some drought regions of south eastern Australia provided a boost to cattle markets and encouraged some producers to begin re-stocking.
- The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings fell for the seventh consecutive month, to 922,900 due mainly to the cumulative effect of last year's drought conditions which had seen the flock size fall. Farmers in eastern Australia are purchasing breeding ewes to rebuild their flocks. The April 2003 trend estimate was the lowest monthly figure recorded since July 1988.
- Mutton production fell for the seventh consecutive month, to 18,100 tonnes; this was also the lowest monthly figure recorded since July 1988.
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.