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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, May 2010 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/07/2010   
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
June 2010 6 August 2010
July 2010 7 September 2010
August 2010 8 October 2010
September 2010 9 November 2010



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 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.

The ABS welcomes any comments from readers regarding the usefulness, range and quality of the statistics presented in this publication. Comments can be forwarded to: The Environment and Agriculture Business Statistics Centre, Australian Bureau of Statistics, GPO Box 66, Hobart TAS 7001. Alternatively, email <agriculture.statistics@abs.gov.au> or phone (03) 6222 5939.


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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK
  • In May 2010, the trend estimate for cattle slaughterings continued to increase, up 1% from April 2010 to 640 thousand.
  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings continued to fall in May 2010, down to 518 thousand, a decrease of 44% from May 2009.
  • The trend estimate for lamb slaughterings is down 10% from May 2009.
  • Pig slaughterings in May 2010 remained steady at 384 thousand.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia - May 2010

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle (excl. calves)
700 439
648 017
640 291
Calves
69 785
71 240
70 784
Sheep
495 112
519 831
517 646
Lambs
1 661 465
1 597 424
1 573 821
Pigs
402 920
388 524
383 879




MEAT
  • In May 2010, the trend estimate for beef production rose 1% from April 2010, to 175 thousand tonnes.
  • The trend estimate for mutton production continues to decline, falling 40% from May 2009 to 12 thousand tonnes.
  • In May 2010 lamb production decreased 5% from May 2009.
  • Pig meat production remained stable in May 2010 at 28 thousand tonnes.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia - May 2010

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
189 578
176 918
175 340
Veal
3 481
3 616
3 608
Mutton
10 707
11 841
11 561
Lamb
36 856
35 243
34 423
Pig meat
29 974
28 464
28 196




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