As expected, a miserable Livestock and Meat release from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today, with the number of cattle and calves slaughtered per month having soared to well over 800,000 in recent years.
The number of lambs slaughtered in May came in at 2,010,290 (1,861,844 seasonally adjusted) with the rolling 12 monthly slaughter of lambs having hit a 40 year peak in March (click chart):
Although that all rather pales into insignificance compared to the half a billion chickens slaughtered per annum in Australia - chooks, of course, not being counted as 'livestock'.
The average Aussie now eats approximately 36 kilograms of chicken each year, the equivalent of 27 full chickens each.
Let's hope for some more uplifting news when the ABS release its all-important Labour Force data for June 2014 tomorrow.
The national headline unemployment rate remained flat at 5.8% after the economy failed to add any jobs on a net basis in May.
However, the headline rate of unemployment is much higher than the national average in states with weak local economies, such as Tasmania (7.5%) and South Australia (6.8%).