Butcher sales during the April-June quarter were generally weaker compared with the same period last year, reports Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).
All four major meats (beef, lamb, chicken and pork) reportedly did not sell as well as they did in the same quarter in 2012, according to MLA's monthly butcher survey.
Both chicken and beef were reported by 39% of respondents as having ‘excellent' or ‘very good' sales, down from 44% and 42%, respectively, last year. A further 35% of respondents indicated ‘good' sales of chicken, with 42% for beef. Lamb sales were reported as ‘excellent' or ‘very good' by 31% of butchers surveyed, along with 25% of pork sales.
Casserole cuts were identified as being some of the more popular sales, reflecting the colder weather moving into winter. Somewhat surprisingly, there was also good demand noted for higher quality beef steak cuts, including striploin, T-bone, rump and cube roll.
Source: Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)