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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, May 2014 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/07/2014   
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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK

Livestock slaughtering monthly trend movements for May 2014:
  • Cattle slaughterings remained steady at 749,000 head
  • The number of calves slaughtered decreased by 1% to 62,100 head
  • The number of sheep slaughtered remained steady at 883,000 head
  • Lamb slaughterings remained steady at 1.8 million head
  • The number of pigs slaughtered remained steady at 397,000 head

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LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia, May 2014

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
827 454
752 194
749 334
Calves
66 541
58 412
62 071
Sheep
788 122
866 618
882 837
Lambs
2 010 290
1 861 844
1 834 386
Pigs
428 484
396 814
397 347

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT

Meat production monthly trend movements for May 2014:
  • The production of beef remained steady at 208,000 tonnes
  • Veal production decreased by 2% to 3,440 tonnes
  • Mutton production remained steady at 20,000 tonnes
  • The production of lamb remained steady at 39,600 tonnes
  • The production of pig meat remained steady at 29,900 tonnes

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MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, May 2014

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
227 988
210 131
207 787
Veal
3 702
3 365
3 438
Mutton
17 386
19 728
19 991
Lamb
44 429
40 224
39 643
Pig meat
32 798
29 797
29 857



NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
June 2014 8 August 2014
July 2014 10 September 2014
August 2014 8 October 2014



INTRODUCTION

This publication presents statistics on livestock slaughterings and meat production. These statistics are based on a monthly collection from abattoirs and other major slaughtering establishments and include estimates of animals slaughtered by country butchers and other small slaughtering establishments. More detailed information on this series can be obtained by referring to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) quarterly publication, Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0).

Additional time series spreadsheets containing state/territory and national data are available from the Downloads tab for this publication. These spreadsheets contain original, seasonally adjusted and trend estimates for slaughtering and meat production for bulls, bullocks and steers, cows and heifers, cattle (excluding calves), calves, sheep, lambs and pigs.


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