Beef and Veal Production Surges in November

AUSTRALIA - Australian beef and veal production approached record volumes during November, rising four per cent year-on-year and six per cent on the five year average, to 203,120 tonnes cwt (Australian Bureau of Statistics), reports Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).
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Meat & Livestock Australia

MLA states that this was the highest monthly beef and veal production since October 2008 and was largely due to a four per cent rise in adult slaughter, which finished November at 689,263 head.

Beef production in Queensland (99,073 tonnes cwt), NSW (42,867 tonnes cwt), SA (11,097 tonnes cwt) and Tasmania (4,520 tonnes cwt) rose four per cent, 11 per cent, 22 per cent and two per cent year-on-year, respectively, in line with slaughter levels. However, production in Victoria (32,348 tonnes cwt) and WA (10,010 tonnes cwt) fell three per cent and eight per cent year-on-year respectively, as a result of lower kills.

Average adult carcase weights in November improved slightly on last year, rising one per cent year-on-year, to 290kg/head cwt.

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