7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Sep 2018 Quality Declaration 
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SEPTEMBER KEY TREND FIGURES

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED AND MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, September 2018


Aug 2018
Sept 2018
Aug 2018 to Sept 2018
Sept 2017 to Sept 2018

Livestock (no.)
Cattle (a)
682 001
688 795
1.0%
13.1%
Calves
39 534
40 647
2.8%
11.0%
Sheep
910 926
918 627
0.8%
35.3%
Lambs
1 808 559
1 727 141
-4.5%
-10.8%
Pigs
456 734
458 743
0.4%
2.3%
Meat (t)
Beef
196 289
197 727
0.7%
8.8%
Veal
1 748
1 835
5.0%
9.3%
Mutton
21 478
21 813
1.6%
27.8%
Lamb
40 006
38 010
-5.0%
-13.8%
Pig Meat
35 926
36 159
0.6%
4.5%

(a) Excludes calves


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SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS

The impacts of the poor seasonal conditions in the eastern states of Australia continue to be reflected in the September 2018 data.

Both cattle and sheep slaughters remain high, with sheep slaughters up 35.3% year-on-year and cattle slaughter up 13.1% year on year.

Lamb slaughters continued to decrease this month, down 4.5% from August in trend terms, the largest September fall since trend estimates were introduced in 1979.

Livestock and meat slaughter monthly trend movements for September 2018:

  • Cattle slaughter increased by 6,800 head (or 1.0%) for the month ending September 2018 compared with the previous month and increased by 79,500 head (or 13.1%) year-on-year.
  • Calf slaughter increased by 1,110 head (or 2.8%) in the month ending September 2018 compared with the previous month and increased by 4,000 head (or 11.0%) year-on-year.
  • Sheep slaughter increased by 7,700 head (or 0.8%) for the month ending September 2018 compared with the previous month and increased by 239,900 head (or 35.3%) year-on-year.
  • Lamb slaughter decreased by 81,400 head (or 4.5%) for the month ending September 2018 compared with the previous month and decreased by 208,100 head (or 10.8%) year-on-year.
  • Pig slaughter increased by 2,000 head (or 0.4%) for the month ending September 2018 compared to the previous month and increased by 10,300 head (or 2.3%) year-on-year.