Northern cattle slaughter were bathed in red this week on the back of recently reduced supply and stronger market prices.
Kills in Queensland for the week ending October 19 were trimmed by seven percent while the NSW slaughter was eased two percent. Steers was at the heart of the revised kills however down south the Victoria kill was checked one percent while SA and Tasmania both made positive gain but was insufficient to arrest the overall weekly loss of four per cent down to 135,025 head.
Meanwhile, with phase two of the southern spring lamb season on the cusp of breaking open the eastern states lamb kill was awash with green with a 6.5 per cent rise across the board. The rise lamb in processing activity was strongest NSW where numbers jumped by 15pc to 99,8111 units while Victorian numbers were up two per cent and SA five percent.
Tasmanian slaughter activity saw rises in cattle, lamb and mutton with numbers up 10pc, 29pc amd 35pc respectively.