Increased competition for beef cattle by processors, feedlots, and producers has led to many processors being unable to fulfil quotas, forcing a number to operate at reduced capacity.
A similar situation has impacted sheep and lamb processors with the seasonal lull in sheep and lamb sales combined with regional shortages resulting in a number of large processing facilities shutting for maintenance and renovation.
While a fall in the number of sheep and lambs slaughtered has been observed nationally, these impacts are especially pronounced in Queensland.
Livestock and meat production monthly trend movements for July 2016:
- Cattle slaughter decreased by 3 percent in July 2016 compared with June 2016 and was down by 174,786 head or 23 percent year-on-year.
- The number of calves slaughtered in July 2016 decreased by 1 percent month-on-month and decreased by 17 percent year-on-year.
- Sheep slaughter in July 2016 decreased by 29,620 head or 5 percent compared with June 2016 and declined 27 percent year-on-year.
- Lamb slaughters decreased by 47,231 head or 3 percent month-on-month for July 2016. Compared with July 2015, slaughter decreased by 5 percent or 96,121 head.
- Pig slaughtering continued its slight monthly increases in July 2016 and increased by 19,976 head, or 5 percent year-on-year.