Total average weekly cattle slaughter for the southern states as reported by MLA’s National Livestock Reporting Service (NLRS) averaged 23% higher during September, with the recent dry finish to winter contributing to an increase in available stock.
The recent dry spell across NSW, Victoria and SA has pressured producers to offload additional cattle in order to have enough feed for the warmer months. Additionally, the dry spell has seen restocker and feeder intentions wane, reducing competition from processors. This time of year usually sees supplementary fed cattle start to impact the market.
Average weekly slaughter in NSW during September was 12% higher than the corresponding month last year, while Victorian throughput kicked 39% year-on-year. SA’s average weekly slaughter figures were generally steady on last year’s levels, only lifting 1%, while Tasmania’s weekly slaughter for the month more than doubled on last year, averaging 5,600 head.
With prices feeling the impact of the sustained run of numbers in recent weeks, quality has reportedly been plain – as is usually the case for southern cattle marketed in late winter and early spring.
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