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Cattle herd drops slightly to 28.6 million

FOLLOWING three years of herd growth leading to the largest cattle herd in a decade, Australian cattle numbers are expected to ease by less than one per cent to 28.6 million head by 30 June 2024.

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 MLA is predicting the cattle herd will be 28.6 million head by mid-year. Photo: Mark Saunders.

MLA is predicting the cattle herd will be 28.6 million head by mid-year. Photo: Mark Saunders.

The prediction is by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) in its latest Cattle Industry Projections. Cow and heifer retention remains above long-term averages, particularly within northern production systems,...

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