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

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November 2011 11 January 2012
December 2011 7 February 2012
January 2012 6 March 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 remained steady at just under 600 thousand in October 2011.

Calf slaughterings in October 2011 fell by 1% to 54 thousand compared to September 2011 and fell 13% compared to October 2010.

In October 2011, the trend estimate for sheep slaughterings rose by 3% to 415 thousand compared to September 2011.

Lamb slaughterings in October 2011 fell by 1% to 1.5 million compared to September 2011.

The trend estimate for pig slaughterings remained steady at 392 thousand in October 2011.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia, October 2011

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
622 883
600 165
599 571
Calves
52 814
53 510
54 074
Sheep
496 357
419 964
414 852
Lambs
1 601 459
1 456 117
1 526 360
Pigs
361 914
387 545
391 543

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT

The trend estimate for beef production remained steady at 174 thousand tonnes in October 2011.

Veal production in October 2011 fell by 2% to 3 thousand tonnes compared to September 2011.

In October 2011, the production of mutton increased by 2% to 10 thousand tonnes.

Lamb production in October 2011 decreased by 2% to 34 thousand tonnes compared to September 2011.

The trend estimate for production of pig meat remained steady at 29 thousand tonnes in October 2011.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, October 2011

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
181 871
174 061
173 510
Veal
3 405
3 338
3 277
Mutton
11 958
9 738
9 707
Lamb
33 863
31 330
33 707
Pig meat
26 716
28 575
28 968




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