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Argentinean Female Cattle Slaughter Rising

02 April 2013
Meat & Livestock Australia

ARGENTINA - Argentinean cattle slaughter has started 2013 strong, reaching 2.16 million head for the first two months of the year, an increase of 17 per cent year-on-year, according to analysts at Meat and Livestock Australia.

In 2012 females accounted for 39.5 per cent of total cattle slaughter and a continuous rise was registered in the beginning of 2013, compromising the herd rebuild expected in Argentina.

Female slaughter rose 8.1 per cent in the first two months of 2013, accounting for 42.5 per cent of total slaughter.

MLA says that according to CICCRA, the retention of female cattle has stopped and in the near future the stock liquidation process could possibly reappear.

As a consequence of the higher cattle slaughter, beef production rose 18 per cent year-on-year, to 490,000 tonnes cwt. Underpinning the increase is the average carcase weight, up 0.6 per cent for the same period, averaging 226 kg/head.

A rise in per capita beef consumption during the first two months of the year, up 8 per cent year-on-year, averaging 60.3 kg/person, helped to absorb the higher beef production over this period.

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