Another tight year for Australian cattle

CATTLE supplies are likely to remain tight this year, with a small increase of 7.4 million head in adult slaughter, according to the Meat and Livestock Australia’s projections.

MLA’s market intelligence manager Scott Tolmie said Australia’s dry winter and spring saw a high turn-off in late 2017, temporarily halting herd rebuilding efforts.

“This has meant many young cattle were pushed into feedlots in 2017 due to lack of decent pasture, stock that otherwise would have been finished in the paddock and come to market in 2018,” he said.

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