Record year for Aussie lamb slaughter bad news for NZ

Record year for Aussie lamb slaughter bad news for NZ
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Riley Kennedy
The numbers of Australian sheep slaughtered in 2023 reached their highest levels and farmgate prices struggled across this side of the Tasman as a result.Figures from the country’s bureau of statistics found 24.9 million lambs were slaughtered last year, up more than 16% year-on-year. The final three months of the year was the largest quarterly lamb slaughter on record at 6.6 million lambs.Building the flockThe increased production, due in part to severe droughts in many parts of Australia, has affected farmgate prices there and in N...

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