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Strong Gains for Goat Slaughter

09 July 2014
Meat & Livestock Australia

AUSTRALIA - Average eastern Australian states weekly goat slaughter as reported by MLA’s National Livestock Reporting Service for the 2013-214 financial year was nine per cent higher than 2012-13, on 37,287 head per week.

MLA said that the dry conditions throughout the majority of the year helped the harvest of goats, which subsequently saw NSW and Victoria increasing their slaughter levels 21 per cent and 18 per cent, to 2,068 head and 13,532 head, respectively.

Queensland maintained its role as the main contributor, with slaughter throughput seven per cent higher, on 14,784 head, while levels in SA eased six per cent, to 6,903 head.

The average export over-the-hook price for 2013-14 was 242¢/kg cwt, 22 per cent higher year-on-year, providing an additional incentive for producers to offload goats.

Correlating with the rise in slaughter levels, goat exports during the 2013-14 fiscal year totalled 34,621 tonnes, representing a rise of 9 per cent year-on-year.

The increase in exports was mainly attributed to the rising demand from China, with shipments totalling 4,360 tonnes.

Taiwan volumes gained 20 per cent, to 5,184 tonnes, while levels to Korea also showed signs of growth, up 32 per cent year-on-year, at 1,291 tonnes.

The US again consolidated its position as the largest export market for goat meat, at 15,974 tonnes, however this was slightly lower than the previous year. Exports to Canada and the Caribbean remained relatively stable.

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