High feed costs, and subdued carcase prices and food safety concerns continue to impact on the Japanese cattle industry, with herd numbers falling 1.6pc year-on-year to 4.13 million head as at 30 June.
Holstein (used for both dairy and beef) and Japanese Wagyu numbers eased by 2.5pc and 2pc respectively, year-on-year, to 1.81 and 1.73 million head. Slaughter numbers for these categories in 2012 have been up compared with last year.
Looking forward, forecasts by Japan’s Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation suggest total beef production during July and August this year will increase, compared with the low volumes in 2011, due to last year’s radioactive contamination issues and subsequent decline in slaughter numbers.
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