Abattoirs close early as not enough cattle.
Teys Australia will shut down its Biloela plant in central Queensland for seven weeks from the end of this month, rather the its normal four weeks, and JBS will shut down its Townsville plant early, from the end of November.
Apparently, it is all due to the Qld drought….but with record numbers of cattle being exported, could it be that our LE trade is at least partially responsible for this economic hardship for abattoir workers? Cant see any front page Australian heartache stories there as abattoir workers are not farmers so it really doesn't count!
19/11/2015 02:47:42 pm
Its been 3 seasons since a decent calving year .During those years the abs have exported record tonnages at record prices. They have profiteered during the drought .If you kill at a higher rate then what are being born you will run out .Farms & stations are completely de-stocked in some cases.Check where the numbers getting shipped are from , mostly out of the NT.They have had a run of good seasons .Their cattle a long way from Queensland & not the right type for the American market & the falling prices in that market means the abs are not going to source cattle from out of their comfort zone .Commercial decision not to run at a loss. Illustrates the risky nature of abs the further north that you build them, droughts as well as flooding rains will stop them .When the seasons turn there will be a even bigger shortage as the herds rebuild .The works in Darwin is still going .Good seasons = plenty of cattle .
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