Australia: ABS lifts its beef herd estimation, sheep to follow

Published Jun 18, 2024

Tridge summary

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revised its beef herd size estimate for 30 June 2023, increasing it by 14% to 27.8 million head, due to changes in data collection and methodology. This revision brings the estimate in line with industry expectations and addresses past criticisms of inaccuracy. The new methodology involves using cattle inflows and outflows, as well as including data from smaller producers. The ABS has labeled this approach as 'experimental' and plans to refine it using additional data sources and industry feedback. A similar process will be used to estimate the national sheep flock size for the Australian Agriculture: Livestock 2023-24 release.
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THE nation’s sheep industry is waiting for a revised government assessment of its flock size, following the Australian Bureau of Statistics radically altering its assessment of beef herd size at 30 June 2023. Following changes in data collection and methodology, the ABS last week released its revised herd size estimate to the end of June last year as 27.8 million head, 3.4 million head or 14 percent higher than its previous estimate was 24.4 million. At June 30 2022, the last time it estimated the national flock size, the ABS calculated Australia’s sheep numbers as 70.2 million, whereas Meat & Livestock Australia’s estimate was 76 million. MLA has estimated Australia’s flock size was 78.7 million sheep at 30 June last year. The beef herd adjustment comes after widespread and sustained criticism over the past two years about the accuracy and reliability of industry and government herd estimates. The new herd estimate, based on cattle inflows and outflows, is now within four percent ...
Source: Sheepcentral
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