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September Beef Production Decreases

09 November 2012
Meat & Livestock Australia

AUSTRALIA- Beef production decreased during September, falling 2 per cent year-on-year, to 180,293 tonnes cwt, with 614,235 head slaughtered (Australian Bureau of Statistics – ABS).

September beef production in Queensland (94,801 tonnes cwt) and Victoria (24,791 tonnes cwt) declined 2 per cent and 6 per cent respectively year-on-year, while NSW production improved 6 per cent, to 40,395 tonnes cwt. Average national carcase weights were steady at 288kg/head cwt - slightly lighter (1 per cent) than the corresponding period last year.

Female slaughter during September in Queensland (99,731 head), NSW (53,095 head) and Victoria (57,163 head) increased 5 per cent, 4 per cent and 10 per cent respectively year-on-year. However, female slaughter, as a percentage of the total adult slaughter, remained well below the long term average.

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