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Rain Slows Australian Goat Production in January

20 March 2015
Meat & Livestock Australia

AUSTRALIA - Australian goat slaughter during January declined 18 per cent on year-ago levels, with 137,936 head processed (Australian Bureau of Statistics).

Consequently, overall goat meat production eased 16 per cent year-on-year, to 2,132 tonnes cwt. Overall carcase weights, however, improved two per cent year-on-year, averaging 15.5kg/head.

The overall decline in slaughter was largely due to a 49 per cent year-on-year reduction through Victoria (34,721 head) and a 38 per cent fall in SA (25,812 head), with ‘above average’ to ‘very much above average’ January rainfall in southern states hampering goat harvesting activity.

WA volumes also continued to decline, back 69 per cent year-on-year (1,726 head). These falls were somewhat offset by a 48 per cent increase in Queensland goat slaughter (67,761 head) and a three per cent increase in NSW (7,906 head).

Production in Victoria fell at an equal rate to slaughter, back 49 per cent compared to the previous January (497 tonnes cwt), while SA was 40 per cent lower year-on-year (374 tonnes cwt) and WA eased 75 per cent (23 tonnes cwt).

Queensland production jumped 53 per cent (1,127 tonnes cwt), however, assisted by average carcase weights lifting three per cent to 16.6kg/head. Despite slaughter having increased marginally in NSW, production was back 10 per cent (111 tonnes cwt), as a result of carcase weights falling 13 per cent on the same period last year, averaging 14kg/head.

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