Australia is the second largest beef exporter in the world. The beef industry represents the largest agricultural enterprise in the country, and extends over almost half of Australia. While the Australian population's per capita consumption of beef has been in decline since the late 1970s, it has remained one of the most meat-hungry countries overall. Despite significant criticism and repeated attempts to ban the practice on animal welfare grounds, the Australian beef industry also continues to engage in live export.
The economic impact of COVID-19, however, has seen disruption to Australia's agricultural sector. And "while the [worldwide] cattle industry will not suffer through the same euthanization decisions facing hog and poultry producers" --- thanks to the relative flexibility that farmers have in timing cattle slaughter --- the industry's road to recovery remains uncertain.
How many thousand cattle will be slaughtered in Australia in Q4 2020?
This question resolves according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 'Livestock Products, Australia' report. These reports are released quarterly.
Following the convention of the ABS report, this question asks how many thousand cattle will be slaughtered (not how many individual head of cattle).
In the event that the ABS does not release a 'Livestock Products, Australia' report, or releases a report under this name which does not contain a total number of slaughtered cattle, this question resolves ambiguously.