7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Oct 2018 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/12/2018   
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OCTOBER KEY TREND FIGURES

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED AND MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, October 2018


Sept 2018
Oct 2018
Sept 2018 to Oct 2018
Oct 2017 to Oct 2018

Livestock (no.)
Cattle (a)
678 152
678 316
0.0%
11.9%
Calves
43 499
45 619
4.9%
28.9%
Sheep
894 516
884 223
-1.2%
30.8%
Lambs
1 763 936
1 714 104
-2.8%
-10.9%
Pigs
456 227
456 768
0.1%
1.8%
Meat (t)
Beef
193 668
193 209
-0.2%
6.7%
Veal
1 825
1 894
3.8%
15.1%
Mutton
20 951
20 731
-1.1%
23.9%
Lamb
39 007
37 816
-3.1%
-13.1%
Pig Meat
35 933
36 030
0.3%
3.9%

(a) Excludes calves


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OCTOBER KEY POINTS

The effects of the poor seasonal conditions in the eastern states of Australia continue to be reflected in the data for the 12 months to October 2018.

Livestock and meat slaughter monthly trend movements for October 2018:

  • Cattle slaughter remained steady for the month ending October 2018 compared with the previous month and increased by 72,400 head (or 11.9%) year-on-year.
  • Calf slaughter increased by 2,100 head (or 4.9%) in the month ending October 2018 compared with the previous month and increased by 10,200 head (or 28.9%) year-on-year.
  • Sheep slaughter decreased by 10,300 head (or 1.2%) for the month ending October 2018 compared with the previous month but increased by 208,300 head (or 30.8%) year-on-year.
  • Lamb slaughter decreased, down 49,800 head (or 2.8%) for the month ending October 2018 compared with the previous month and the lowest number slaughtered since October 2012. Year-on-year, numbers slaughtered decreased by 209,900 head (or 10.9%).
  • Pig slaughter increased by 500 head (or 0.1%) for the month ending October 2018 compared to the previous month and increased by 7,900 head (or 1.8%) year-on-year.