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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Jun 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/2003   
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JUNE KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings fell for the ninth consecutive month, to 776,500 due mainly to ongoing drought conditions in some areas and traditional low supply in winter. The June 2003 trend estimate was the lowest monthly figure recorded since March 1984.
  • Mutton production fell for the ninth consecutive month, to 15,500 tonnes; this was the lowest monthly figure recorded since March 1984. Drought conditions have had a major impact on the quality of sheep sent to slaughter in recent months.
  • The trend estimate for lambs slaughterings fell for the fifth consecutive month, to 1.4 million due mainly to sheep numbers falling significantly because of the drought.


JUNE KEY FIGURES


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

Cattle
663.3
664.6
650.0
Calves
97.0
87.5
97.7
Sheep
626.9
794.7
776.5
Lambs
1,237.8
1,317.5
1,370.5
Pigs
493.5
474.9
480.0

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
162,693
167,654
161,609
Veal
3,140
3,009
3,146
Mutton
12,263
16,039
15,459
Lamb
24,597
25,933
27,126
Pig meat
36,753
34,869
35,273



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).


FORTHCOMING ISSUES

The July 2003 issue of this data is due for release on 2 September 2003.

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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