Southeast Asian Beef Market Report

43rd Edition : June 2017.

Key Points 

  • Indonesian Ramadan passes with flat live cattle prices
  • Consumer resistance forces some Vietnamese abattoirs to close 
  • Shanghai prices rising despite the ongoing northern drought 

Indonesia  :  Slaughter Steers AUD $3.95 / kg live weight (Rp 10,125 = $1AUD) 

The political system in Indonesia can regard itself as extremely successful in its quest to hold live cattle prices down for the Ramadan and Lebaran festival period.  For the first time in the 17 year history of fattening Australian cattle in Indonesia, prices of live slaughter cattle remained constant during this short period of highest annual demand.  This impressive achievement was made possible by a two-pronged approach combining strong competition from low cost Indian buffalo beef with threats of serious sanctions to importers if slaughter cattle prices were found to be rising backed up by frequent price monitoring visits to feedlots and abattoirs…

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