7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Mar 2017 Quality Declaration 
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MARCH KEY TREND FIGURES

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED AND MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, March 2017


February 2017
March 2017
Feb 2017 to Mar 2017
Mar 2016 to Mar 2017

Livestock (no.)
Cattle (a)
585 135
583 976
-0.2%
-9.4%
Calves
30 708
29 740
-3.2%
-35.5%
Sheep
544 580
551 124
1.2%
-14.4%
Lambs
1 926 574
1 894 528
-1.7%
-3.3%
Pigs
429 491
430 310
0.2%
2.7%
Meat (t)
Beef
171 953
171 505
-0.3%
-7.2%
Veal
1 624
1 561
-3.9%
-24.4%
Mutton
13 585
13 714
0.9%
-12.0%
Lamb
43 782
43 011
-1.8%
-2.3%
Pig Meat
33 107
33 170
0.2%
4.8%

(a) Excludes calves


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MARCH KEY POINTS

Livestock and meat production monthly trend movements for March 2017:
  • Cattle slaughters decreased by 1,200 head or 0.2% for March 2017 when compared with February 2017 and there was a year-on-year decrease of 60,300 head or 9.4%.
  • The number of calves slaughtered in March 2017 decreased by 969 or 3.2% month-on-month. Compared to this period last year, there was a decrease of 16,400 head or 35.5%.
  • Sheep slaughters in March 2017 increased by 6,500 head or 1.2% compared with February 2017 and was down 92,800 head or 14.4% year-on-year.
  • Lamb slaughters decreased by 32,000 head or 1.7% for March 2017. Compared with March 2016, slaughters decreased by 64,800 head or 3.3%.
  • Pig slaughters increased during the month, increasing by 819 head or 0.2% when compared to February 2017. Year-on-year pig slaughters increased by 11,300 head or by 2.7%.