7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Dec 2017 Quality Declaration 
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DECEMBER KEY TREND FIGURES

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED AND MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, December 2017


Nov 2017
Dec 2017
Nov 2017 to Dec 2017
Dec 2016 to Dec 2017

Livestock (no.)
Cattle (a)
598 475
593 698
-0.8%
0.7%
Calves
34 695
32 852
-5.3%
-4.9%
Sheep
683 753
674 984
-1.3%
26.2%
Lambs
1 904 282
1 898 524
-0.3%
-3.1%
Pigs
449 316
448 678
-0.1%
5.0%
Meat (t)
Beef
178 753
177 765
-0.6%
2.8%
Veal
1 660
1 611
-3.0%
-9.0%
Mutton
16 754
16 446
-1.8%
23.0%
Lamb
42 606
42 285
-0.8%
-5.5%
Pig Meat
34 741
34 749
0.0%
5.5%

(a) Excludes calves


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DECEMBER KEY POINTS

Livestock and meat slaughter monthly trend movements for December 2017:
  • Cattle slaughter decreased by 4,780 head (or 0.8%) for the month ending December 2017 compared with the previous month and increased by 4,050 head (or 0.7%) year-on-year.
  • Calf slaughter decreased by 1,840 head (or 5.3%) for the month ending December 2017 compared with the previous month and decreased by 1,690 head (or 4.9%) year-on-year.
  • Sheep slaughter decreased by 8,770 head (or 1.3%) for the month ending December 2017 compared with the previous month but increased by 140,330 head (or 26.2%) year-on-year.
  • Lamb slaughter decreased by 5,760 head (or 0.3%) for the month ending December 2017 compared with the previous month and decreased by 60,900 head (or 3.1%) year-on-year.
  • Pig slaughter decreased by 640 head for the month ending December 2017 compared with the previous month and increased by 21,260 head (or 5.0%) year-on-year.