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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2010
17 YEARBOOK 2010 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA RHINOR rhinotanks.com.au 1800 632410 Ask about our new Stockman’s Upgrade with concealed outlets away from Cattle 26,000L to 470,000L WATER TANKS Despite increased competition from the US and a very sluggish start to the year, with Australian exports back 27% during the first quarter of 2009, Australian beef shipped to Korea exceeded initial forecasts, totalling 115,481 tonnes swt -- down 9% on the previous year. Indonesia clearly established itself as Australia's fourth largest beef export destination in 2009, receiving a record 51,816 tonnes swt -- up 57% on the previous calendar year high of 33,016 tonnes swt. Like Indonesia, a record volume of beef was also sent to a number of south Asian markets in 2009, including Malaysia (up 30%, to 8,026 tonnes swt), China (up 97%, to 5,286 tonnes swt), Hong Kong (up 132%, to 7,492 tonne swt), Thailand (up 12%, to 1,595 tonnes swt) and Vietnam (up 31%, to 1,002 tonnes swt). A 15% increase for the year was also record to Taiwan, at 31,288 tonnes swt, while exports to the Philippines jumped 20%, to 16,958 tonnes swt. Dominated by Indonesia, Australia's live cattle trade in 2009 registered a strong year, with shipments increasing 9.2% on the previous year, to 948,240 head. Indonesia accounted for 81% of this total, while Israel (36,956 head), China (32,798 head), Saudi Arabia (18,346 head) and Japan (16,039 head) also recorded significant numbers for the year. Cattle numbers were relatively tight across traditional live export sourcing regions in 2009, following poor previous breeding years, drought in 2008 and then extensive flooding in 2009. The strong demand and firm live cattle prices, in contrast with the constrained slaughter cattle prices, saw live buyers pushing further afield to secure numbers -- exacerbated by a reduced supply of suitable cattle. This was reflected in a jump in the number of cattle loaded out of Queensland and WA ports, more than offsetting the fall in shipments from Darwin, which were impacted by the lower NT cattle turnoff. Jed Matz Deputy Director Cattle Council of Australia