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Argentinean Cattle Slaughter Rising

23 April 2013
Meat & Livestock Australia

ARGENTINA - Argentinean cattle slaughter remained higher during March, up 17 per cent year-on-year, totalling 991,000 head, with female slaughter up for the fifth consecutive month according to data from CICCRA, Meat and Livestock Australia reports.

Female slaughter during March rose three per cent year-on-year, accounting for 42 per cent of total slaughter.

According to CICCRA, the sustained growth in female cattle slaughter has highlighted the possibility for further herd liquidation.

As a consequence of the higher cattle slaughter, beef production in the first three months of the year rose 6.9 per cent year-on-year, to 680,000 tonnes cwt.

The higher production is specifically due to the increase in the total number of cattle slaughtered, as average carcass decreased 2 per cent for the same period, averaging 222kg/head.

The domestic market continues to absorb the higher beef production, with little change in beef exports for the first two months of 2013.

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