AUSTRALIA - October saw 191,754 head of goats processed in Australia, which was eight per cent lower than year-ago levels according to figures from Australian Bureau of Statistics.
This was largely due to easing slaughter levels in Victoria and South Australia, while eastern states OTH goat prices continued on their steady upward trajectory, with the average price for 12-16kg goats topping at nearly 350¢/kg cwt in October, according to Meat and Livestock Australia.
Victoria again accounted for the largest proportion of the national goat kill and eased five per cent year-on-year, at 79,716 head, while South Australia was 33 per cent below the previous year, with 26,352 head killed in October.
In contrast, Queensland held relatively steady, for a monthly total of 74,641 head, while New South Wales saw goat slaughter increase 14 per cent year-on-year, to 10,860 head.
As expected, the lower slaughter saw Australian goat production trend three per cent lower year-on-year, at 3,096 tonnes cwt.
Victorian production was 1,212 tonnes cwt (back two per cent), while South Australia recorded 431 tonnes cwt for the month (back 28 per cent).
Queensland was the only state to see production levels lift, up 10 per cent year-on-year, totalling 1,302 tonnes cwt.
Despite October being a slower month for goats compared to 2013, for the year-to-October, national goat slaughter totalled 1.7 million head and was four per cent above year-ago levels.
Production over the same period stood at 27,184 tonnes cwt, tracking six per cent higher than last year.
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