7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Aug 2018 Quality Declaration 
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AUGUST KEY TREND FIGURES

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED AND MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, August 2018


July 2018
August 2018
July 2018 to August 2018
August 2017 to August 2018

Livestock (no.)
Cattle (a)
671 978
679 435
1.1%
10.7%
Calves
37 070
37 709
1.7%
3.7%
Sheep
949 207
989 518
4.2%
46.1%
Lambs
1 931 989
1 877 295
-2.8%
-2.2%
Pigs
452 522
452 680
0.0%
1.2%
Meat (t)
Beef
193 605
194 864
0.7%
6.6%
Veal
1 567
1 618
3.3%
-3.0%
Mutton
21 987
22 924
4.3%
34.0%
Lamb
43 003
41 531
-3.4%
-5.4%
Pig Meat
35 286
35 250
-0.1%
2.0%

(a) Excludes calves


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AUGUST KEY POINTS

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

Both cattle and sheep slaughters remain high, with sheep slaughters reaching a ten year high, up 46.1% year-on-year.

Lamb slaughters continued to decrease this month, down 2.8% from July in trend terms, the largest August fall since trend estimates were introduced in 1979.

Livestock and meat slaughter monthly trend movements for August 2018:

  • Cattle slaughter increased by 7,500 head (or 1.1%) for the month ending August 2018 compared with the previous month and increased by 65,800 head (or 10.7%) year-on-year.
  • Calf slaughter increased by 640 head (or 1.7%) in the month ending August 2018 compared with the previous month and increased by 1,300 head (or 3.7%) year-on-year.
  • Sheep slaughter increased by 40,300 head (or 4.2%) for the month ending August 2018 compared with the previous month and increased by 312,400 head (or 46.1%) year-on-year.
  • Lamb slaughter decreased by 54,700 head (or 2.8%) for the month ending August 2018 compared with the previous month and decreased by 41,300 head (or 2.2%) year-on-year.
  • Pig slaughter remained steady for the month ending August 2018 compared to the previous month and increased by 5,400 head (or 1.2%) year-on-year.