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Cattle slaughter in Argentina in 2011 was the lowest in 20 years

In 2011 Argentina slaughtered the lowest number of cattle in 20 years, while farmers are trying to rebuild herds that were decimated by drought in 2009. Last year, 10.8 million animals were slaughtered in the country, down by 8.7% on the previous year, and 32.5% down on the record set in 2009, according to the Argentine Meat Industry and Trade Chamber (Ciccra).

The drop in production led to a reduction in exports to 156,550 tons, 18.4% lower than the previous year and 62.7% down on 2009. Exports were valued at nearly US$ 1.3 billion, up 6.7% on 2010 but down by 23.4% on 2009. The country, which in 2009 was the fourth-largest exporter of beef in the world, is currently in tenth place. Beef production has fallen sharply in the last two years in Argentina, due to drought and government price controls, which have led many farmers to grow grain instead.

Information provided by Agência Estado

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