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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Oct 2005  
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OCTOBER KEY POINTS

TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings fell for the sixth consecutive month, to 585,900. This was the lowest figure recorded since November 1996.
  • The trend estimate for beef production fell for the sixth consecutive month, to 157,800 tonnes. This was the lowest figure recorded since January 2002.
  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings fell for the fifth consecutive month, to 957,300. This was the lowest figure recorded since January 2005.
  • The trend estimate for mutton production fell for the fifth consecutive month, to 19,800 tonnes. This was the lowest figure recorded since December 2004.

OCTOBER KEY FIGURES


Seasonally
Trend
LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED
Original
adjusted
estimate
'000
'000
'000

Cattle
600.9
600.9
585.9
Calves
77.2
70.4
67.7
Sheep
986.1
933.8
957.3
Lambs
1,632.4
1,533.1
1,555.7
Pigs
425.4
450.4
448.5

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
165,054
163,220
157,781
Veal
2,351
2,351
2,294
Mutton
21,486
19,585
19,764
Lamb
32,674
31,265
31,941
Pig meat
30,325
32,439
32,443



NOTES

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. 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.

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