A FALL in cattle slaughter has seen Australian beef and veal exports for September drop to 101,625 tonnes shipped weight.
That's down 14 per cent year-on-year.
MLA reports that while the was significant, shipments above 100,000 tonnes swt remain a large export month, especially considering that before 2013, that volume had never been reached.
The major markets followed divergent trends in September, with exports to China (11,899 tonnes swt) and Korea (13,288 tonnes swt) bucking the overall trend and increasing 36pc and 17pc year-on-year, respectively.
Shipments to the US (29,536 tonnes swt) were constrained by quota limitations, down 37pc year-on-year, while those to Japan moderated 9pc at 24,511 tonnes swt.
The decline in Australian beef exports for September did little to slow momentum from earlier in the year with shipments for the year-to-September up 4pc.
Most of the growth has been dominated by the largest countries and after the first nine months, the year-on-year change has seen exports to the US up 24pc to 340,833 tonnes swt; Japan steady at 211,999 tonnes swt; Korea up 9pc at 119,134 tonnes swt; and China up 10pc at 106,595 tonnes swt.
Considering a significant slow-down in slaughter is anticipated for the final quarter, as evidenced in last week’s eastern states weekly slaughter of 144,000 head, the reduction in exports seen in September is likely to continue.