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Australian Goat Slaughter Level, Lower Exports

13 March 2015

AUSTRALIA – Low goat slaughter in southern areas has been countered by higher northern turn-off, reports Meat and Livestock Australia.

Meanwhile, exports are falling. February shipments totalled 2,322 tonnes, a year-on-year decrease of 14 per cent.

The US still makes up over half of shipments, although the quantity being bought fell seven per cent.

Average weekly slaughter dropped 28 per cent in Victoria, 11 per cent in South Australia but lifted 38 per cent in Queensland with New South Wales unchanged at 1,968 head for the week.

Stable prices suggest a “solid market”, according to an MLA spokesperson, citing average prices of 390 cents per kilo cwt, 77 per cent higher on the year.

Commenting on the exports market, the spokesperson said: “Volumes to China and Taiwan eased 80 per cent and 31 per cent, to 37 tonnes swt and 305 tonnes swt, respectively, while shipments to the Caribbean remained steady at 221 tonnes swt.

“Goatmeat to Korea continued to rise, more than doubling on last year’s level, totalling 150 tonnes swt, while Canada also notched higher shipments, up 12 per cent, to 173 tonnes swt.”

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