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Record goat meat prices drive higher slaughter in July, but exports dip

Sheep Central, August 9, 2016
Feral meat goats.

Feral meat goats.

RECORD export goat meat prices have failed to dull strong processor demand for the animals in the eastern states.

Meat & Livestock Australia said average weekly eastern states goat slaughter in July was 9 percent higher year-on-year, at 18,774 head, while the export over-the-hook goat indicator for 12-16kg carcases remained at the record level of 574c/kg, up 132c/kg year-on-year.

New South Wales registered the largest rise in goat slaughter for the month; more than doubling the level a year ago to 3992 head processed per week on average. Goat slaughter in South Australia rose 41pc to average 4835 head per week and by 59pc in Victoria to 5416 head per week, MLA said. Queensland’s goat kill last month dropped 47pc year-on-year, to average 4541 head per week, due to the temporary closure of a major processing facility.

However, MLA said Australian goat meat exports in July totalled 918 tonnes, 13pc lower year-on-year, bringing the year-to-date volume to 15,100 tonnes, down 5pc on the corresponding period last year.

Shipments to all major goat meat export destinations eased year-on-year, with exports dropping by 23pc into the United States (480 tonnes) and into Canada (33 tonnes). Exports to Taiwan slipped 17pc to 153 tonnes, and by 34pc to 137 tonnes to the Caribbean. Goat meat shipments to Korea eased 68pc to 19 tonnes.

Source: MLA.

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