BRAZIL - According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) quarterly survey, Brazilian cattle slaughter during the fourth quarter of 2014 declined 4.1 per cent year-on-year, to 8.47 million head.
Meat and Livestock Australia analysts said that this carried the total slaughter for 2014 to 33.9 million head – down 1.5 per cent on 2013, a record high year.
Despite the drop in cattle slaughtered in Mato Grosso state throughout the year, it remained the major beef producing region in Brazil.
After three consecutive years of increases, overall female slaughter declined slightly, accounting for 41.8 per cent of the total. Beef production also decreased 1.3 per cent year-on-year, to 8.06 million cwe, as a result of the lower number of slaughtered cattle.
The average carcase weight in 2014 increased 0.5 kg, to 237.8 kg/head, mainly due to the higher proportion of males slaughtered.
According to IPCA/IBGE (Consumer Price Index – Brazilian inflation official indicator), in 2014 all beef cuts prices paid by consumers soared above the general inflation rate with blade and sirloin up 31 per cent and 21 per cent, respectively. In 2015, the supply of cattle ready to slaughter remains tight, and steer prices are reportedly higher year-on-year.
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