Cattle Slaughter Wanes During June

AUSTRALIA - Eastern states weekly cattle slaughter during June as recorded by Meat and Llivestock Australia’s NLRS declined 12 per cent compared with the five-year average and 24 per cent below the corresponding period in 2010.
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Meat & Livestock Australia

Cattle throughput slowed in all states, with total Eastern states throughput falling five per cent compared with May and registering the lowest June total since 2008.

Cattle turn off slowed during June, as producers were able to retain cattle, reluctant to sell in the wake of the cheaper direct to works rates and physical market prices. Slaughter demand was also reduced, with the tougher meat market conditions prompting some processors to operate at reduced capacity. Additionally, wet conditions in northern NSW and Victoria reduced turn off, along with impacting the quality of young cattle.

Queensland throughput was 24 per cent below the previous year and 11 per cent behind the five-year average. NSW slaughter in June was also back by 24 per cent compared with 2010 levels. The largest change was seen in Victoria, with throughput easing 28 per cent year-on-year and was 24 per cent below the five-year average, while SA slaughter volumes fell by 20 per cent year-on-year.

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