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US beefs up
16 Feb 2017

US beefs up

The US cattle herd has recorded three consecutive years of growth – it stands at 93.6 million head as of January 2017 – and last year witnessed a rapid recovery in beef and veal production. 

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“Bigger wet” in the north fails to dampen cattle indicators in 2017
16 Feb 2017

“Bigger wet” in the north fails to dampen cattle indicators in 2017

Highlighted in the latest North of the Tropic Beef Report, above-average rainfall recorded across northern Australia combined with heatwave conditions in south-eastern parts of the country in January, have seen average northern cattle indicators remain dearer  across most categories so far in 2017 – with fluctuating supply levels and a stronger A$ contributing to continued buyer uncertainty.

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2016 Australian beef production contracts despite record carcase weights
16 Feb 2017

2016 Australian beef production contracts despite record carcase weights

Tighter cattle availability in 2016 saw national adult cattle slaughter drop 19% from the previous year, to 7.3 million head (Australian Bureau of Statistics). Australian beef production, however, declined to a slightly lesser extent (16%) than slaughter, to 2.1 million tonnes cwt – partially offset by average carcase weights reaching a record high of 287.83kg/head for the year.

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