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Australian cattle slaughter back on track for 2022

15 February 2022

National cattle slaughter rose 39% last week

According to Meat and Livestock Australia, in the first five weeks of 2022, national slaughter numbers were subdued as processors’ workforces were decimated by mandatory isolation periods for close contacts and positive cases of COVID-19. However, this week, processor numbers started to lift and reflect 2021 throughput. 

Cattle slaughter for the first five weeks of 2022 was 92,000 head below 2021 levels. This week, national cattle slaughter rose an astonishing 39% to 91,938 head. This is the first time national cattle slaughter has exceeded 90,000 head for 2022. At this level, cattle slaughter is 8% below 2021 levels.



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