AUSTRALIA - Australian lamb production in April was the largest volume for the month on record, reaching 37,445 tonnes according to Meat and Livestock Australia.
However this was only marginally higher - up one per cent - than the same time last year the figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show.
Lamb slaughter totalled 1.7 million head for the month, remaining firm year-on-year overall.
Looking at the state-by-state breakdown during April, slaughter numbers in Victoria lifted one per cent (777,450 head), while processing in NSW (365,731 head) and SA (290,331 head) declined four per cent and two per cent year-on-year, respectively.
Over in Western Australia, lamb slaughter levels were three per cent lower than the corresponding month last year, at 192,868 head.
Mutton production during April fell 11 per cent year-on-year, to 15,231 tonnes cwt, although was 34 per cent higher than the five-year average for the month.
This decline was underpinned by a 10 per cent decrease in sheep slaughter in April, to 718,968 head, largely attributed to a considerable year-on-year decrease in processing levels across New South Wales – back 32 per cent year-on-year, to 150,069 head.
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