Central and North Burnett Times - - LIVESTOCK -

DRY con­di­tions across the ma­jor­ity of the east­ern states boosted goat slaugh­ter for the first quar­ter of 2014, up 4% to about 430,000 head. De­spite the in­crease in slaugh­ter rates, the over-the-hook prices jumped 37% (or 60c) dur­ing the same pe­riod, to aver­age 222c/kg cwt, the high­est aver­age March quar­ter price since 2011. De­mand continues to grow with a record 32,671 tonnes of goat meat ex­ported last year. The United States re­mained the ma­jor mar­ket, tak­ing more than 50%. The lat­est MLA fig­ures show new records have again been set for the March quar­ter, with ex­ports up 11% on the same pe­riod last year.

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