According to Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), Australia produced the most lamb on record in the calendar year 2022. For the first six months of 2023, lamb producers are tracking 7.7% above year-on-year levels or 20,000 tonnes. This quarter has also seen lamb production records broken, with 149,385 tonnes being produced in Australia, which is 4% more than the previous record set in June 2018. Mutton production is also seeing higher levels than previously recorded. Sheep slaughter for the quarter was 2,550,700 head – the highest in nearly four years. According to Mr Bignell, nearly five million sheep have been processed so far this year.

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