Tough times for feedlot cattle down under

last update:6 Aug 2012 114

The feedlot cattle industry in Australia is facing a crisis, with stocking rates at unprecedented lows. It is a disturbing situation according to the recently-retired vice-president of the Australian Lot Feeders Association, Kevin Roberts.

"The feedlot industry is now down to less than 50% capacity. There's a capacity of 1.2 million head and the last survey has shown we are less than 50% cattle on feed.

"The factors are very compounding. There's a high cost of feeder cattle, high cost of grain and a poor result when you sell the stock into the export market, so it's very challenging at the moment." Feedlots are usually heavily-stocked as the cattle are hand-fed to fatten them before sale.

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