SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS
SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES
- The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings fell for the twelfth consecutive month, to 659,300. This was the lowest monthly figure recorded since January 1984. Low supply as a result of the drought has resulted in continuing pressure on slaughter numbers.
- Mutton production fell for the twelfth consecutive month, to 13,800 tonnes. While lower numbers sent to slaughter continue to result in lower mutton production, there have been reports of improved sheep quality. The September 2003 trend estimate was also the lowest monthly figure recorded since January 1984.
- The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings fell for the tenth consecutive month, to 626,700. Current slaughtering levels continue to be influenced by the large volume of stock sent to slaughter throughout 2002.
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.