Australians Prosper on Low Canadian Beef Supplies

AUSTRALIA - The continuing reduction in Canadian domestic cow beef supplies is auguring well for Australian beef exports to Canada.
calendar icon 19 August 2009
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Meat & Livestock Australia

There has been a 26,944 tonne shortfall in Canadian domestic cow production so far this calendar year compared to the same period in 2008, according to CanFax, the market analysis division of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA). Correspondingly, imported beef volumes from Australia and New Zealand have increased year-on-year.

In the calendar year to July, Australian exports to Canada reached 5,521 tonnes swt, up 104 per cent on a year ago (the import quota for Australian beef in Canada is 35,000 tonnes). Over the same period New Zealand exports were 21,729 tonnes swt, representing a 90 per cent increase year-on-year, placing New Zealand on track to fill its annual 29,600 tonne quota this year.

The Canadian herd as of January 1, 2009, totalled 13.2 million head, down 5 per cent from the 13.9 million on January 1, 2008, and 7 per cent below the herd in 2007.

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association forecasts the country’s beef herd to contract to its lowest level in nine years by 2010, as producers battle drought, cheap pork supplies, and tough economic conditions.

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