BRAZIL - According to ASSOCON (Feedlot National Association) Brazilian cattle on feed in 2014 totalled 4.1 million head, up four per cent on the previous year and it is forecast to increase by almost eight per cent in 2015, to 4.47 million head.
Meat and Livestock Australia says that the rise will be driven by strong cattle prices expected for the year, limited pasture due to the lack of rain in some regions and a good supply of grain, especially corn.
However, the strong increase in calf prices (Mato Grosso do Sul state calf price index rose 44 per cent year-on-year during the first two months of 2015, averaging R6.66/kg lwt) can potentially compromise the expected number of cattle on feed.
The uncertainty on domestic beef demand, especially in the second half of the year, is also a concern for Brazilian producers.
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