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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, May 2013 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/07/2013   
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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK

Livestock slaughtering trend movements for May 2013:
  • Cattle slaughterings continued to increase, up by 1% to 689,000, with monthly rises since May 2012
  • The number of calves slaughtered remained steady at 60,000 head
  • Sheep slaughterings increased by 6% to 927,000, the highest figure since July 2008
  • The number of lambs slaughtered remained steady at 1.8 million head
  • Pig slaughterings remained steady at 404,000 head

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LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia, May 2013

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
799 036
695 569
688 667
Calves
69 376
58 637
60 262
Sheep
837 405
938 004
927 159
Lambs
2 037 632
1 854 101
1 831 181
Pigs
447 612
402 762
404 221

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT

Meat production trend movements for May 2013:
  • Beef production increased by 1% to 192,000 tonnes
  • Veal production remained steady at 3,300 tonnes
  • Mutton production continued its recovery, up by 6% to 20,800 tonnes
  • Lamb production decreased by 1% to 39,000 tonnes
  • Pig meat increased by 1% to 30,700 tonnes

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MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, May 2013

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
219 441
194 229
191 574
Veal
4 119
3 427
3 348
Mutton
17 821
20 970
20 777
Lamb
44 096
39 018
38 569
Pig meat
34 582
30 429
30 690





NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
June 2013 2 August 2013
July 2013 5 September 2013
August 2013 8 October 2013



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.


INQUIRIES

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