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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Mar 2014 Quality Declaration 
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

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April 2014 6 June 2014
May 2014 9 July 2014
June 2014 8 August 2014



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

Livestock slaughtering trend movements for March 2014:
  • Cattle slaughterings set a new record, increasing by 1% to 765,000 head
  • Calf slaughterings increased by 2% to 65,800 head
  • The number of sheep slaughtered increased by 3% to 919,000 head
  • Lambs slaughterings remained steady at 1.9 million head
  • Pig slaughterings remained steady at 399,000 head

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LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia, March 2014

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
781 652
767 073
765 139
Calves
56 635
63 760
65 770
Sheep
963 217
932 313
918 823
Lambs
1 729 737
1 832 737
1 852 636
Pigs
397 347
397 191
398 814

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT

Meat production trend movements for March 2014:
  • Beef production again set a record, increasing by 1% to 211,000 tonnes
  • The production of veal increased by 1% to 3,750 tonnes
  • Mutton production increased by 3% 20,700 tonnes
  • The production of lamb remained steady at 40,100 tonnes
  • Pig meat production remained steady at 30,100 tonnes

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MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, March 2014

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
215 711
210 684
210 720
Veal
3 464
3 501
3 747
Mutton
20 807
20 936
20 727
Lamb
37 977
39 627
40 117
Pig meat
29 824
29 864
30 076




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