NEW ZEALAND - Lamb production in New Zealand (NZ) during January lifted 35 per cent year-on-year, to 52,134 tonnes cwt, with production levels starting to ramp up towards the normal seasonal peak in March.
Meat and Livestock Australia said that lamb slaughter was also 35 per cent higher than year-ago levels, totalling 3 million head.
This brings NZ’s lamb production for the 2014-15 season so far (October 2014-January 2015) to 139,094 tonnes cwt, a 12 per cent increase on the corresponding period the previous year.
This lift in production was underpinned by a 12 per cent rise in lamb slaughter over the same time frame, to 7.7 million head – suggesting lambs were, on average, the same weight as last year.
NZ mutton production fell 35 per cent year-on-year in January, to 16,642 tonnes cwt, driven by a 36 per cent decline in slaughter, to 639,431 head.
For the 2014-15 season to date, mutton production has decreased 17 per cent on last year, to 48,359 tonnes cwt, with slaughter totalling 1.8 million head – back 18 per cent year-on-year.
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