Australian meat processors will feel the squeeze in the following 12 months with assessments national cattle numbers are set out toward a record low. Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) predicts beef production will drop to 25.9 million head in 2017, its most reduced level in 24 years.
MLA director of business sector information Ben Thomas said numbers had been constrained due to dry season and higher production. Makers in Queensland and New South Wales have encountered critical issues with dry season conditions in this season. Mr Thomas said Australia had been during a few time of extremely high cattle turnoff with processed product and live exports hitting record levels.
He said that it is dropped from what was the most astounding cows group in over 30 years. In 2014 it was just above 29 million head to now what is evaluated to be only 26.2 million head. MLA figures demonstrate the butcher of grown-up steers is tipped to droop 16 % this year to 7.6 million head, which is one of the biggest yearly drops ever recorded. Mr Thomas said he expected the cattle production would increase again in next five years.
When we got out to 2020 we are assessing that the national herd will be back to normal, he said. “[It ought to return to about the 10-year annual herd size, which is 27 million head.” Beef cattle supply influenced a New South Wales processor this week as more than 150 specialists lost their occupations at a JBS abattoir in Scone.
The news comes only two months after the processor broadened its shutdown period at a Queensland site. Mr Thomas said while it was clear crowd numbers were in decrease, he said it was excessively troublesome, making it impossible to figure out if there would be employment cuts or terminations at hamburger processors.