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Wednesday 4th September 2013.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

Beef Shipments Stay Buoyant For August

Australia’s beef export boom has continued through August with monthly individual shipment volumes smashed for Chinese markets, up 930 per cent on August last year.

Figures from Meat and Livestock Australia have confirmed August export volumes at 98,401 tonnes, a 21 per cent increase in shipments on August 2012.

Strong trading reports for both beef and veal have continued following May and July this year, which both broke the 100,000 tonnes barrier. Analysts have attributed higher slaughter figures, up 18 per cent, and a weaker AUS$ for stimulating trade.

A devaluation of 14 per cent put the AUS$ below the US$, making it worth 90 cents.

Consequently, August exports to the US increased following a ‘sluggish’ start to the month. MLA analysts attribute this to their New Zealand rivals being at an annual low in the production cycle.

Hot and dry weather has continued to plague graziers and feeders, with little respite forecast as the hotter months draw near.

MLA commented: “The final month of winter was disappointing for large swathes of the nation, with northern New South Wales, central Western Australia and pockets of south east Queensland receiving very much below average rainfall.”

“Given the latest three month rainfall outlook, released last week, any widespread relief for drought affected farmers in Queensland is still potentially months away – as most regions enter the hottest and toughest period of the year.”

Drought impact has been particularly notable in eastern saleyards, where increases in slaughterhouse throughput have been consistently reported. Throughput in Queensland rose 22 per cent last week with Roma yardings up 13 per cent and Toowoomba reporting greater numbers.

No improvement has been noted in sales to Japan however, which has been buying strongly from the US following the lifting of market restrictions earlier this year.

The Japanese Ministry of Finance reported a 37 per cent leap in July beef imports at 69,051 tonnes swt, the greatest monthly total since April 2000.

An MLA spokesperson said: “The surge for the month was largely supply driven, caused by a clearance of backlogged shipments and ongoing inroad of US product into the market.”

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