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7215.0 - Livestock Products, Australia, Mar 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/05/2004   
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MARCH QTR KEY FIGURES


TREND ESTIMATES
Mar Qtr 2003
Dec Qtr 2003
Mar Qtr 2004
’000
’000
’000

Number slaughtered
Cattle
2 016.4
1 940.0
1 954.7
Calves
298.4
275.2
273.9
Sheep
3 191.1
2 430.3
2 620.7
Lambs
4 195.4
4 104.5
4 213.7
Pigs
1 446.6
1 399.7
1 386.5
Chickens
104 126.4
105 566.2
105 663.4

Mar Qtr 2003
Dec Qtr 2003
Mar Qtr 2004
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Meat produced
Beef
502 333
494 826
506 169
Veal
9 613
9 255
9 568
Mutton
62 102
51 635
56 562
Lamb
81 517
84 361
87 164
Pig meat
106 169
101 408
100 007
Chicken meat
171 171
170 946
172 543
Wool receivals

118 982

114 158

120 424

Dec Qtr 2002
Sep Qtr 2003
Dec Qtr 2003
ML
ML
ML

Whole milk intake by factories
2 598
2 477
2 496



Graph: Cattle slaughterings for Australia, March 2000 to March 2004
Graph: Sheep and lamb slaughterings for Australia, March 2000 to March 2004
MARCH QTR KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for the number of cattle slaughtered for March quarter 2004 increased marginally to 2.0 million.
  • The trend estimate for mutton production for March quarter 2004 increased by 10% to 56,600 tonnes, the second quarterly increase after four quarters of falling production.
  • In March quarter 2004, the trend estimate for the number of pigs slaughtered fell marginally to 1.4 million.
  • The trend estimate for chicken meat production for March quarter 2004 increased marginally to 173,000 tonnes.


NOTES

CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

There are no changes in this issue.


FORTHCOMING CHANGES

There are no forthcoming changes.


ABBREVIATIONS

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FURTHER INFORMATION

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LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED: Trend


CATTLE (EXCLUDING CALVES)

Lack of widespread rain across most cattle regions saw the trend estimate for the number of cattle slaughtered in March quarter 2004 rise marginally to 2.0 million.

Graph: Number of cattle slaughtered, Australia, March 1996 to March 2004



CALVES

The trend estimate for the number of calves slaughtered in March quarter 2004 remained steady at 274,000.

Graph: Number of calves slaughtered, Australia, March 1996 to March 2004



SHEEP AND LAMBS

Continuing dry conditions and water shortages in some areas saw the trend estimate for sheep slaughtered in March quarter 2004 increase by 8% to 2.6 million. The number of lambs slaughtered increased by 3% to 4.2 million.

Graph: Number of sheep and lambs slaughtered, Australia, March 1996 to March 2004



PIGS

The trend estimate for the number of pigs slaughtered fell marginally to 1.4 million in March quarter 2004. High levels of imports continue to compete for the domestic market.

Graph: Number of pigs slaughtered, Australia, March 1996 to March 2004



MEAT PRODUCTION: Trend


BEEF

In March quarter 2004, the trend estimate for beef production rose by 2% to 506,000 tonnes, in line with the increase in slaughter numbers.
Graph: Beef produced, Australia, March 1996 to March 2004



MUTTON AND LAMB

The trend estimate for mutton production in March quarter 2004 rose by 10% to 56,600 tonnes. The trend estimate for lamb production rose by 3% to 87,200 tonnes.

Graph: Mutton and lamb produced, Australia, March 1996 to March 2004



TOTAL RED MEAT

The trend estimate for red meat production rose by 2% to 759,000 tonnes in March quarter 2004, with increases reported for beef, mutton and lamb production.

Graph: Total red meat produced, Australia, March 1996 to March 2004



CHICKEN MEAT

The trend estimate for chicken meat production in March quarter 2004 increased slightly to 173,000 tonnes.
Graph: Chicken meat produced, Australia, March 1996 to March 2004



LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS: Trend


WHOLE MILK INTAKE BY FACTORIES

The trend estimate for whole milk intake by factories increased marginally to 2.5 billion litres in December quarter 2003, as farmers continue to recover from the drought.
Graph: Whole milk intake by factories, Australia, December 1995 to December 2003



BROKERS AND DEALERS RECEIVALS OF TAXABLE WOOL

The trend estimate for wool receivals by brokers and dealers for March quarter 2004 rose by 5% to 120,000 tonnes, reflecting the lessening impact of the recent drought in eastern states.

Graph: Wool receivals by brokers and dealers, Australia, March 1996 to March 2004



LIVESTOCK EXPORTS: Original


EXPORTS OF LIVE SHEEP

Live sheep exports fell by 3% to 1.0 million in March quarter 2004. A 5% fall in unit value (to $66.73) saw the gross value of live sheep exports fall to $67.6 million. Demand has been affected by the strengthening Australian dollar, tight domestic sheep supplies and relatively high saleyard prices.

Graph: Exports of live sheep, Australia, March 2000 to March 2004



EXPORTS OF LIVE CATTLE

Live cattle exports fell by 35% to 97,000 in March quarter 2004. The gross value of live cattle exports fell by 34% to $54.9 million. Unit value increased marginally to $566.10. Demand in key South East Asian markets continued to be affected by the strengthening Australian dollar.

Graph: Exports of live cattle, Australia, March 2000 to March 2004


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