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Argentinean Beef Supplies Fall

21 September 2011
Meat & Livestock Australia

ARGENTINA - Limited cattle supplies resulted in a 13 per cent year-on-year decrease in Argentinean cattle slaughter during the seven months to July 2011, reports Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

MLA states that although production was down by a lower seven per cent during the period (as average carcase weights rose seven per cent to 231kg/head), beef consumption in Argentina continues to fall as a result of the tight supplies and high prices - averaging 54kg/capita in 2011, down from 69kg/capita in 2009.

Highlighting the increased retention of cattle by producers has been the large fall in the number of females slaughtered in 2011, accounting for 38 per cent of the total, compared with 49 per cent in 2008.

Exports so far in 2011 have consequently decreased 17 per cent year-on-year, to 84,372 tonnes swt (down from 202,725 during the first seven months of 2009), as packers profit from high prices in the domestic market and the government continues to restrict exports.

MLA states that, as a result of the limited supply and strong prices, the local poultry industry has increased its share of domestic protein consumption - rising to 39kg/capita in 2010, up from only 18kg/capita in 2003.

TheCattleSite News Desk


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