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Argentine Cattle Slaughter Hits 20 Year Low

17 February 2012
Meat & Livestock Australia

ARGENTINA - Argentinean cattle slaughter for 2011 totalled 10.8 million cattle, falling 8.7 per cent year-on-year and 32.5 per cent from 2009.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia, producers have been encouraged to rebuild herd numbers decimated by drought conditions in previous years.

Highlighting the intention of producers to rebuild herd numbers was a noticeable decline in female slaughter, which accounted for 39 per cent of total slaughter - with anything under 43.5 per cent constituting a rebuilding phase according to Ciccra.

As a result, beef production fell 18.4 per cent year-on-year and 62.7 per cent from 2009, to 156,552 tonnes cwt. Not only has the drought restricted beef production, but government price controls has forced some producers to move away from beef production towards cropping.

The fall in production has coincided with a drop in export rankings, with Argentina falling from number four in 2009, to just inside the top 10 for 2011.

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