Australia: ABS stats show record lamb production year

Market & Price Trends
Published Feb 22, 2024

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Australia experienced a record-breaking year in 2023 for lamb, sheep, mutton, and beef production. Lamb production and slaughter reached an all-time high with 599,461 tonnes produced and 24,909,600 lambs slaughtered, marking a 16.38% increase from 2022. However, the gross value of sheep and lambs slaughtered fell by 7.6% to $883.5 million due to pricing issues. Mutton production saw a significant 43% increase to 2,446,003 tonnes, while beef production also rose by 18% year-on-year to 2,210,954 tonnes, making it the largest production year since 2019.
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Australia produced a record 599,461 tonnes of lamb in 2023, also recording its highest slaughter of lambs ever at 24,909,600 lambs, up 16.38pc from 2022. Newly released Australian Bureau of Statistics from the final quarter of 2023 show that red meat production was up 2.4 per cent for the quarter, with a record quarterly lamb slaughter figure of 6,674,500 lambs helping drive up the annual figures. Pricing struggles saw the gross value of sheep and lambs slaughtered drop 7.6pc to $883.5 million for the quarter. MLA market information manager Stephen Bignell said the significant flock rebuild since 2020 had contributed to the sheepmeat sector hitting the record production levels, as predicted last year. "The biggest sheep flock for 15 years, including the greatest number of ewes and biggest number of lambs, has resulted in these record slaughter and production rates yet again this year," he said. "Despite anxieties into the capacity of processing facilities to cope with the backlog ...
Source: Farmweekly
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