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Paraguayan Beef Shipments Break Record in July

23 August 2013
Meat & Livestock Australia

PARGUAY - Paraguayan beef exports for the first seven months of 2013 increased 30 per cent year-on-year, to 129,329 tonnes - a record for the period, according to Meat and Livestock Australia.

Underpinning the increase was the record shipments during July, at 22,216 tonnes– up seven per cent on the previous record in April, at 20,754 tonnes.

Cattle slaughter during the first seven months of 2013 also rose 42 per cent year-on-year, to 938,000 head.

Beef exports to Chile surged in July, at 1,841 tonnes - mostly chilled product averaging 5.75US$/kg FOB price.

Shipments to Israel also surged, totalling 2,284 tonnes, followed by Brazil, up 25 per cent year-on-year, to 2,014 tonnes.

In contrast, beef exports to Russia during July decreased 28 per cent year-on-year, to 11,036 tonnes.

Although Russia remains the major destination for Paraguayan beef (accounting for 50 per cent of total exports in July) the Russian predominance has declined - in July 2012 Russia was responsible for 80 per cent of total Paraguayan beef exports.

The increase in cattle ready to slaughter, caused by heavy frosts damaging pastures, helped cattle slaughter during July to also register a record, at 159,479 head – up 41.5 per cent on the previous month and up 42 per cent for the seven months of 2013, at 938,000 head.

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