Australian cattle slaughter numbers start year strong

Australian slaughter numbers started the year strong with weather conditions tilting in favour of processors, and a probable decrease in US beef production could make Australian beef exports more competitive in international markets.

Australian slaughter numbers started firm in January compared with two years earlier. Industry group Meat and Livestock Australia reported 99,206 head slaughtered in the week ending 22 January compared with 72,477 head a year earlier and 2021 had yet to start recording kills with processing low until February.

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