Beef and Veal Production Steady in July

AUSTRALIA - Australian beef and veal production in July was up one per cent year-on-year, due to a slight increase in female slaughter rates and higher carcase weights.
calendar icon 9 September 2009
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Meat & Livestock Australia

Production for the month totalled 191,646 tonnes cwt, with an increase in Queensland and SA almost offset by falls in NSW, Victoria, WA and Tasmania according to statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Meat and Livstock Australia said that both male and female cattle slaughter in Queensland increased year-on-year during July, as deteriorating conditions saw turnoff rates increase, combined with a relatively low slaughter rate during June.

While total Queensland adult cattle slaughter jumped five per cent year-on-year, male numbers jumped 3% and female 8%, with average adult carcase weights up one per cent, to 293kg/head.

Reflecting tighter turnoff rates during early July and some reduction in processor operating days, adult cattle slaughter numbers in NSW slipped one per cent year-on-year in NSW, while Victorian numbers declined nine per cent.

Monthly female cattle slaughter in Victoria has now declined year-on-year for three consecutive months, somewhat reflecting the improvement in seasonal conditions across south western regions of the state.

For the first seven months of 2009, Australian beef and veal production was back one per cent on the corresponding period last year, at 1.25 million tonnes cwt.

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