4.8 million head killed year-to-date
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.