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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Dec 2013 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

Livestock slaughtering trend movements for December 2013:
  • Cattle slaughterings remained steady at 713,000 head
  • Calf slaughterings increased by 2% to 60,500 head
  • The number of sheep slaughtered decreased by 1% to 769,000 head
  • Lamb slaughterings increased slightly to a record 1.8 million head
  • Pig slaughterings remained steady at 391,000 head

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LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia, December 2013

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
595 914
716 328
713 328
Calves
27 000
62 942
60 472
Sheep
877 046
802 430
768 828
Lambs
1 683 363
1 825 349
1 837 963
Pigs
404 361
389 819
391 380

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT

Meat production trend movements for December 2013:
  • Beef production remained steady at 197,000 tonnes
  • The production of veal increased by 3% to 3,600 tonnes
  • The production of mutton remained steady at 17,800 tonnes
  • Lamb production increased slightly to 40,300 tonnes
  • The production of pig meat remained steady at 29,500 tonnes

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MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, December 2013

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
164 847
199 324
196 932
Veal
2 542
4 084
3 632
Mutton
20 417
18 339
17 763
Lamb
36 371
40 013
40 300
Pig meat
29 057
29 307
29 531




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