7215.0 - Livestock Products, Australia, Mar 2017 Quality Declaration 
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MARCH KEY TREND FIGURES

LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS, Australia, March 2017
Dec 2016
Mar 2017
Dec '16 to Mar '17
Mar '16 to Mar '17

Livestock (no.)
Cattle (excluding calves)
1 736 123
1 737 005
0.1%
-11.5%
Calves
113 347
95 726
-15.5%
-32.8%
Sheep
1 627 222
1 600 280
-1.7%
-19.4%
Lambs
5 656 469
5 738 188
1.4%
-0.7%
Pigs
1 290 147
1 297 235
0.5%
3.7%
Chickens
162 690 419
162 667 833
0.0%
2.9%

Livestock products (t)
Beef
506 096
511 247
1.0%
-8.6%
Veal
5 349
4 782
-10.6%
-23.0%
Mutton
40 305
40 450
0.4%
-15.1%
Lamb
127 849
129 500
1.3%
0.4%
Pig meat
98 721
99 794
1.1%
5.4%
Total red meat
778 321
785 774
1.0%
-6.1%
Chicken meat
307 320
306 759
-0.2%
1.8%
Brokers and dealers receivals of taxable wool
94 502
96 781
2.4%
9.7%

Graph Image for Number of Livestock Slaughtered, Australia
Graph Image for Meat Production, Australia


KEY POINTS

Livestock slaughtering and meat production quarterly trend movements for March 2017:
  • Cattle slaughters increased marginally (up 0.1%) for the quarter ending March 2017 when compared with December 2016 and decreased by 225,000 head or 11.5% year-on-year.
  • The number of calves slaughtered for the quarter ending March 2017 decreased by 17,600 head or 15.5% compared to the previous quarter. Compared to this period last year, there was a decrease of 46,800 head or 32.8%.
  • Sheep slaughters for the quarter ending March 2017 decreased by 26,900 head or 1.7% compared with December 2016 and by 384,100 head or 19.4% year-on-year.
  • Lamb slaughters increased 81,700 head or 1.4% for the quarter ending March 2017 but were down 41,900 head or 0.7% when compared with March 2016.
  • Pig slaughters increased by 7,100 head for the quarter ending March 2017 compared with December 2016 and increased by 46,200 head or 3.7% year-on-year.
  • Chicken slaughters and meat production figures remained steady in the March 2017 quarter. When compared year-on-year slaughter numbers were up 2.9% and meat production up 1.8%.
  • Receivals of wool increased by 2.7% in the March 2017 quarter to stand at 96,800 tonnes. When compared year-on-year wool receivals were up 9.7%.