January Cattle Slaughter Hit By Wet

AUSTRALIA - Cattle processors during January were hampered by flooding in Queensland, which either delayed the start to the year for some plants, or made the movements of cattle very difficult.
calendar icon 4 February 2011
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Meat & Livestock Australia

As a result, Meat and L:ivestock Australia saus that national cattle slaughter, as collected weekly by MLA's National Livestock Reporting Service, fell 18 per cent on the previous year and was 11 per cent below the January average for the past five years.

Queensland was hardest hit for the month, with total slaughter contracting 30 per cent on 2010 levels.

NSW and Victorian processors were also affected by a lack of numbers, with flooding across some regions.

Accentuated by strong demand from feeders and restockers, slaughter numbers were down 12 per cent year-on-year in NSW, while Victorian throughput declined 17 per cent.

With fewer disruptions compared to the eastern states, SA slaughter was back only 2 per cent year-on-year, while Tasmanian slaughter increased six per cent.

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