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Australian January Lamb Slaughter Higher

15 March 2013
Meat & Livestock Australia

AUSTRALIA - Australian lamb slaughter was 26 per cent higher during January compared with last year, at 1.82 million head – an extra 376,000 head year on year, according to Meat and Livestock Australia.

This increase was largely due to a dry summer in sheep growing regions where producers have offloaded stock because of dwindling feed and water supplies.

Australian lamb production for January 2013 increased by 22 per cent, or 7,000 tonnes cwt, compared with last year.

This correlates with slaughter numbers as producers offloaded lighter sheep that were unable to be finished through to the heavy trade category.

These high kill numbers will mean supply will tighten through late autumn and winter, which may result in a supply-induced price rise.

Victoria was again the largest producer of lamb, representing 46 per cent of Australia’s total monthly production at 18,211 tonnes cwt, while Tasmania recorded a substantial increase of 1,055 tonnes cwt, or 51 per cent, year-on-year.

WA’s lamb production increased by 9 per cent, which reflected the dry summer conditions and the ready availability of stock for processing.

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