Uruguayan Cattle Slaughter to Fall in 2012

URUGUAY - Uruguayan cattle slaughter is forecast to decline during 2012 to the lowest level in nine years, reports meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).
calendar icon 29 March 2012
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Meat & Livestock Australia

The World Beef Report expects 1.9 million head to be processed in 2012 – five per cent or 100,000 head lower than 2011. A tight cow supply and a lack of suitable steers are expected to be the limiting factors on 2012 slaughter.

For 2012, to 17 March, total slaughter was five per cent lower than the same period in 2011, at 414,000 head. Underpinning the decline was an eight per cent fall year-on-year in cow slaughter, which reached 18,000 head, while steer slaughter was 3,000 head – down 1.6 per cent year-on-year. The expected fall in slaughter coincides with higher calf prices, which have encouraged Uruguayan producers to retain cows and rebuild the depleted herd.

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