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National Weekly Slaughter Report Week Ending 03 Nov 2023

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Weekly Slaughter Activity in Australia Reflects Significant Yearly Growth

In the latest weekly report ending 03/11/2023, the Australian cattle slaughter figures have been released, indicating a substantial year-on-year surge of 39.59%. The report, derived from the National Livestock Reporting Service, details the slaughtering activities across different states, with the total reaching 131,488 cattle.

State-Wise Slaughter Overview

Queensland (QLD) leads the tally with 68,722 cattle slaughtered, followed by New South Wales (NSW) at 33,409, and Victoria (VIC) at 17,754. The data reveals that QLD accounts for more than half of the national figure, demonstrating its significant contribution to the industry. NSW and VIC collectively contribute to approximately 38.9% of the total, whereas Tasmania (TAS), South Australia (SA), and Western Australia (WA) reflect smaller portions of the weekly activity.

Gender Distribution and Weekly Fluctuations

The gender breakdown shows a skew towards male cattle in TAS, while other states, such as NSW and VIC, report higher female cattle slaughters. Despite a weekly decline of 1,444 heads, the overall numbers remain robust compared to the previous year.

Year to Date Slaughter and Three-Year Trends

The cumulative slaughter count for the year to date stands at an impressive 5,007,428 heads. The upward trend for 2023, as compared to the prior two years, is indicative of a growing industry or rising market demands. The three-year comparison graph illustrates this progression, with the current year’s figures consistently surpassing those of 2021 and 2022.

Concluding Analysis

This week’s data underlines a robust growth trajectory in the cattle slaughter numbers year-on-year. While a slight week-on-week decrease is noted, the broader trend suggests a strong market performance. The figures underscore the vitality of the agricultural sector and its responsiveness to consumer demand. It is essential to continue monitoring these trends to gauge the industry’s direction and to inform stakeholders within the agricultural supply chain.