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Record February Lamb Production

12 April 2012
Meat & Livestock Australia

AUSTRALIA - Australian lamb production during February rose 23 per cent year-on-year, to 37,325 tonnes cwt, on the back of higher slaughter across the eastern states (Australian Bureau of Statistics).

Meat and Livestock Australia says that this was the highest national February total on record, with all-time highs in NSW (9,292 tonnes cwt) and SA (8,302 tonnes cwt).

WA production remained limited by the historically small state flock and the improvement in seasonal conditions, declining 16 per cent on last year, to 3,418 tonnes cwt. WA slaughter was down 18 per cent year-on-year, at 155,156 head.

Victorian slaughter, in particular, was higher than last year, up 34 per cent during February, to 700,934 head.

Dry conditions across much of the west of the state influenced turnoff rates, with a slight decline in average carcase weights resulting in production increasing 33 per cent to 15,150 tonnes cwt.

NSW, on the other hand, processed significantly heavier lambs, with predominantly good growing conditions resulting in delayed turn-off for many producers. NSW slaughter jumped 24 per cent year-on-year, to 395,975 head, while production lifted 34 per cent.

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