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The Average Weight of Argentine Live Cattle Slaughtered Continues to Grow

Source:

Meat360; OIG+X

According to data released by the Argentine Ministry of Agriculture, in H1 2022 the average weight of live cattle in Argentina increased by 7 kilograms compared with 231 kilograms in 2020. In July 2022, the average weight of live cattle slaughtered in Argentina is 236 kg also showing a growth trend. In the first seven months of this year, the average number is 231.5 kg, an increase of 3.4 kg over the same period last year. The data in the past few years has been relatively unimpressive, even lower than 220 kg.

 

According to data released by the Argentine Ministry of Agriculture, in H1 2022 the average weight of live cattle in Argentina increased by 7 kilograms compared with 231 kilograms in 2020. In July 2022, the average weight of live cattle slaughtered in Argentina is 236 kg also showing a growth trend. In the first seven months of this year, the average number is 231.5 kg, an increase of 3.4 kg over the same period last year. The data in the past few years has been relatively unimpressive, even lower than 220 kg.

 

Uruguay, the United States, and Australia have higher live cattle average weight than Argentina. The average weight of live cattle in Uruguay is 250 kilograms, and about 300 kilograms in the United States and Australia sometimes even reaching 400 kilograms.

 

The two main ways to increase meat supply: one is the number of slaughtered cattle, and the other is the slaughtered weight. The former needs to encourage cattle farmers to improve production efficiency, while the latter requires increasing the weight of live cattle in fattening and other links.

 

As far as the current situation is concerned, with the increasing demand for beef in the Chinese market, the growth trend of Argentina's average slaughtered weight in the next few months will be maintained. Argentina's beef exports in the first seven months are 349,000 tons, setting a new high over the same period last year with an increase of 27,000 tons, among which its beef exports to China accounted for 78%, reaching 270,000 tons in total.