August 17, 2007
August 17, 2007 - Australian lamb slaughterings reached over 20 million head in the 2006-2007 season, the highest level in over 30 years. This is despite the Australian flock being the smallest since the 1920s. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures, Australian lamb slaughterings totaled 20.2 million head, an increase of 1.5 million head or 8 percent year-on-year. This is the highest level since ABS slaughtering records began in the 1972-1973 season.
The total increase in Australian flock outgoings follows a strong increase in flock turn-off in the 2005-2006 season, when an additional 2.7 million head of sheep and lambs were either slaughtered or sold for the live sheep export trade. Given this, opening sheep and lamb numbers for the 2007-2008 season is estimated at 86 million head, a 6 million head decline year-on-year. Reprinted from Woolxpress