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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Mar 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/05/2004   
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MARCH KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings rose for the seventh consecutive month, to 932,600. Processors reported that extra stock were being off-loaded in drier areas including parts of south-western New South Wales and western Victoria. However, total slaughter numbers remain lower than previous years, reflecting the small size of the flock.
  • The trend estimate for mutton production rose for the eighth consecutive month, to 20,000 tonnes. Sheep meat production is starting to gain in significance once again with some processors reporting increased local and overseas demand for mutton.
  • The trend estimate for lamb slaughterings rose for the seventh consecutive month, to 1.4 million. Poor rainfall and declining feed reserves in some regions saw some producers off-load stock.


MARCH KEY FIGURES


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

Cattle
690.6
656.0
651.5
Calves
49.4
83.3
89.9
Sheep
1,057.5
928.3
932.6
Lambs
1,582.5
1,473.7
1,437.1
Pigs
506.9
487.6
461.9

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
179,407
169,558
170,168
Veal
2,379
2,806
2,967
Mutton
21,819
20,028
20,001
Lamb
33,364
30,527
29,855
Pig meat
36,505
35,141
33,382



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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