Australian cattle exports lift in June, COVID outbreaks cloud outlook
James Nason, BEEF Central (AU)
AUSTRALIA recorded its highest monthly cattle export volumes for 12 months in June, with shipments increasing to 97,542 cattle for the month despite the sustained high price of Australian cattle.
The increased trade activity came during the peak dry-season northern cattle turnoff period and coincided with the arrival in northern ports of two of the biggest vessels in the trade, the 18,000 head Ocean Drover and the 13,000 head Polaris 3.
Both ships became available after completing journeys from Uruguay and Chile respectively to China and were secured by Australian exporters for runs to Indonesia and Vietnam for delivery in June.
Making up the increased volumes in June were shipments to Indonesia of 50,543 head, the biggest monthly total to the country since June 2020 when 67,062 head were shipped, and right in line with the rolling five-year June average to Indonesia of 50,378.
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