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Australia Boosts Poultry Meat Output

21 December 2012

AUSTRALIA - The volume of poultry meat produced in 2011 was 8.7 per cent higher than the previous year, according to an ABARES report, while the value of this output was up slightly.

Overall gross livestock slaughter value was A$13,730.7 million in Australia in 2011-12, down from A$13,762.1 million the previous year, according to 'Agricultural Commodity Statistics 2012', the annual report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

However, the value of poultry meat produced was A$2,078.1 million, up slightly from A$2,077.2 million the year before.

At 546.8 million, the number of poultry slaughtered in 2011 was 6.8 per cent higher than the previous year (Table 1). Average dressed weight was up slightly to 1.9kg so total production increased 8.7 per cent to exceed one million tonnes for the first time.

Exports in 2011 were up 27 per cent, following a dip in a generally upward trend in volume in 2010.

Total consumption of poultry meat in Australia in 2011 975,000 tonnes, 7.8 per cent higher than the previous year, taking per-capita average uptake up from 40.8 to 43.3kg per year.

Table 1. Australian supply and use of poultry meat
  Unit 2010 2011
Slaughterings million 512.2 546.8
Average dressed weight c kg 1.8 1.9
Production c kt 934.4 1,012.5
Exports c kt 29.6 37.5
Total consumption e kt 904.8 975.0
Consumption per person kg 40.8 43.3
a Livestock holdings on establishments with an estimated value of agricultural operations (EVAO) of A$5000.
b Excludes onĀfarm slaughter from July 2007.
c Carcass weight.
d Includes preserved pig meat.
e Apparent consumption.

Sources: ABARES; Australian Bureau of Statistics, Apparent Consumption of Foodstuffs, cat. no. 4306.0, Canberra; Australian Bureau of Statistics, International Trade, Australia, cat. no. 5465.0, Canberra; Australian Bureau of Statistics, Principal Agricultural Commodities, Australia, Preliminary, cat. no. 7111.0, Canberra; ABS, Agriculture, Australia, cat. no. 7113.0, Canberra; Australian Bureau of Statistics, Agricultural Commodities, Australia, cat. no. 7121.0, Canberra

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