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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Dec 2012 Quality Declaration 
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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
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In December 2012, the trend estimate for cattle slaughterings increased by 1% to 644 thousand.

Calf slaughterings increased by 3% to 54 thousand in December 2012.

In December 2012, the trend estimate for sheep slaughterings increased by 1% to 577 thousand.

Lamb slaughterings increased by 1% to 1.7 million in December 2012.

The trend estimate for pig slaughterings remained steady at 397 thousand in December 2012.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia, December 2012

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
520 616
647 550
644 045
Calves
22 082
55 434
54 452
Sheep
600 113
557 743
577 414
Lambs
1 625 718
1 779 860
1 713 159
Pigs
403 330
392 078
396 606

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT
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In December 2012, the trend estimate for beef production increased by 1% to 185 thousand tonnes.

Veal production increased by 2% in December 2012 to 3 thousand tonnes.

In December 2012, the production of mutton increased by 1% to 13 thousand tonnes.

Lamb production in December 2012 increased by 1% to 37 thousand tonnes.

The trend estimate for production of pig meat in December 2012 remained steady at 29 thousand tonnes.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, December 2012

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
148 393
185 158
184 525
Veal
2 015
3 402
3 342
Mutton
13 747
12 718
13 134
Lamb
34 590
39 145
37 449
Pig meat
28 364
28 887
29 448




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