4.8 mil­lion head killed year-to-date

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

AUS­TRALIAN adult cat­tle slaugh­ter in Au­gust to­talled just over 677,000 head – 10% higher than the same time last year (ABS).

This took the to­tal for the year-to-date (Jan­uary-Au­gust) to al­most 4.82 mil­lion head, although re­mained 3% be­low year-ago lev­els.

Much of the coun­try ex­pe­ri­enced be­low-av­er­age rain­fall through­out win­ter, which saw pro­duc­ers turn off more stock in the lead up to spring.

With the herd re­build­ing phase on­go­ing, cow and heifer re­ten­tion has seen fe­males con­tinue to make up the ma­jor­ity of the de­cline in over­all pro­cess­ing so far this year.

Fe­male slaugh­ter to­talled just un­der 2.23 mil­lion head for the year-to-date, down 8% year-on-year – ac­count­ing for 46% of the to­tal adult kill.

De­te­ri­o­rat­ing sea­sonal con­di­tions dur­ing win­ter, how­ever, has seen an in­crease in fe­male slaugh­ter com­pared to last year. In Au­gust, fe­male cat­tle slaugh­ter lifted 6% year-on-year, to al­most 308,000 head.

Male cat­tle slaugh­ter in Au­gust in­creased 13% from year-ago lev­els, to 369,000 head.

Num­bers pro­cessed for the year-to-date in­creased 2% year-on-year, to just un­der 2.6 mil­lion head.

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