Cattle on feed for the July – September 2017 quarter decreased 64,324 head, or 6% from the June quarter according to the results of the latest Australian Lot Feeders Association (ALFA) and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) survey.
Despite the decrease, the numbers on feed still remain over the million-mark, at 1,024,748 following the record breaking levels in the June quarter.
A decrease was observed across all states with Victoria seeing the biggest percentage decline of 12,413 head or 19%, closely followed by Western Australia, dropping 18%, or 4,732 head.
ALFA President, Tess Herbert said that the results from the September quarter survey signalled the ongoing support of the grain fed production system in the beef supply chain.
“Whilst a slight decline in numbers was expected, cattle on feed over the million mark is a reflection of how integral feedlots are to delivering consistent high quality beef to our markets in the current overall production and seasonal conditions,” Ms Herbert said.
“Capacity figures expanded again for the quarter, with 1,278,184 being recorded, reflecting capital works coming on line and continued investor confidence in the feed...
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