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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Sep 2011 Quality Declaration 
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

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October 2011 5 December 2011
November 2011 11 January 2012
December 2011 7 February 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.

The ABS welcomes any comments from readers regarding the usefulness, range and quality of the statistics presented in this publication. Comments can be forwarded to: The Environment and Agriculture Business Statistics Centre, Australian Bureau of Statistics, GPO Box 66, Hobart TAS 7001. Alternatively email <agriculture.statistics@abs.gov.au> or phone (03) 6222 5939.


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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK

The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings in September 2011 remained steady at 599 thousand compared to August 2011.

Calf slaughterings in September 2011 remained steady at 55 thousand compared to August 2011 and fell 9% compared to September 2010.

In September 2011, the trend estimate for sheep slaughterings rose by 3% to 399 thousand compared to August 2011.

Lamb slaughterings in September 2011 rose by 1% to 1.6 million compared to August 2011.

The trend estimate for pig slaughterings in September 2011 remained steady at 396 thousand compared to August 2011.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia, September 2011

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
620 057
605 003
598 666
Calves
91 710
55 764
55 427
Sheep
465 725
418 337
398 695
Lambs
1 562 921
1 516 299
1 591 610
Pigs
396 152
393 871
396 279

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT

In September 2011, the trend estimate for beef production remained steady at 174 thousand tonnes compared to August 2011.

Veal production in September 2011 fell by 1% to 3 thousand tonnes compared to August 2011.

In September 2011, the production of mutton increased by 3% to 9 thousand tonnes.

Lamb production in September 2011 increased by 1% to 36 thousand tonnes compared to August 2011.

In September 2011, the trend estimate for production of pig meat remained steady at 29 thousand tonnes compared to August 2011.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, September 2011

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
179 883
176 870
174 139
Veal
4 234
3 300
3 330
Mutton
11 418
9 906
9 411
Lamb
33 722
33 929
36 128
Pig meat
29 643
29 357
29 493




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