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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Mar 2012 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/05/2012   
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
April 2012 4 June 2012
May 2012 5 July 2012
June 2012 3 August 2012



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 and include estimates of animals slaughtered by country butchers and other small slaughtering establishments. More detailed information on this series can be obtained by referring to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) quarterly publication, Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0).

Additional time series spreadsheets containing state/territory and national data are available from the Downloads tab for this publication. These spreadsheets contain original, seasonally adjusted and trend estimates for slaughtering and meat production for bulls, bullocks and steers, cows and heifers, cattle (excluding calves), calves, sheep, lambs and pigs.



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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK

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In March 2012 the trend estimate for cattle slaughterings remained steady at 608 thousand.

Calf slaughterings increased by 2% to 62 thousand in March 2012.

In March 2012, the trend estimate for sheep slaughterings decreased by 1% to 426 thousand.

Lamb slaughterings increased by 2% to 1.6 million in March 2012.

The trend estimate for pig slaughterings remained steady at 395 thousand in March 2012.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia, March 2012

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
627 676
594 417
607 636
Calves
52 050
63 035
62 440
Sheep
449 890
424 953
425 522
Lambs
1 583 656
1 601 631
1 603 986
Pigs
404 880
390 300
395 366

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT

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In March 2012 the trend estimate for beef production remained steady at 175 thousand tonnes.

Veal production increased by 1% in March 2012 to 4 thousand tonnes.

In March 2012, the production of mutton decreased by 1% to 10 thousand tonnes.

Lamb production in March 2012 increased by 3% to 36 thousand tonnes.

The trend estimate for production of pig meat in March 2012 remained steady at 29 thousand tonnes.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, March 2012

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
182 194
171 706
174 532
Veal
3 858
3 861
3 693
Mutton
10 026
9 922
9 866
Lamb
35 999
35 890
35 773
Pig meat
30 029
29 012
29 303




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