AUSTRALIA - Australian goat slaughter during February increased 29 per cent year-on-year, with 214,990 head processed according to data from the Australia Bureau of Statistics.
Meat and Livestock Australia said that subsequently, overall goat meat production lifted 21 per cent year-on-year, to 3,235 tonnes cwt.
The increase in slaughter was largely driven by Victoria and Queensland lifting 35 per cent and 51 per cent, to 102,580 head and 72,286 head, respectively, as dry conditions were prevalent.
MLA said that interestingly, at the same time, over-the-hooks prices moved into more positive territory.
New South Wales volumes were relatively steady on 7,985 head, while South Australia slaughter decreased 11 per cent, to 30,433 head.
Western Australia slaughter lifted 79 per cent year-on-year, to 1,687 head.
Production in Victoria increased 22 per cent, to 1,514 tonnes cwt as did levels in Queensland, up 59 per cent, to 1,206 tonnes cwt.
Despite slaughter in New South Wales remaining steady, production slipped 14 per cent, to 109 tonnes cwt, while South Australia correlated with slaughter, with production down 29 per cent, to 380 tonnes cwt.
Western Australia production lifted relative to slaughter, increasing 73 per cent, to 26 tonnes cwt.
Larger slaughter and production in February saw goat meat exports in March lift 44 per cent year-on-year, to 3,732 tonnes, driven by record volumes to the US.
Exports to the US accounted for 63 per cent of the total and lifted 91 per cent year-on-year, to 2,365 tonnes – an all-time high. Exports to Taiwan eased 21 per cent, to 507 tonnes, while shipments to Korea more than doubled, at 279 tonnes and Caribbean volumes increased 19 per cent year-on-year, to 181 tonnes.
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