Cattle processed in April increases by 6% year over year

23 May 2013 21:55  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Cattle slaughter in April this year totaled 2.73m head, up 6% year over year, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Thursday in its monthly livestock slaughter report by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

The average live weight was up 14 lbs from the previous year, at 1,295 lbs, USDA said in the report. The average live weight is the weight of the whole animal, before slaughter.

Beef production, at 2.13bn lbs, which was 7% above April 2012, the USDA said.

US tallow-based fatty acid producers typically use bleachable fancy tallow (BFT) as feedstock. BFT is primarily derived from the fat tissue of beef.

Fatty acid suppliers use a prior-month BFT feedstock average as a factor in the contracts.

BFT is priced has been hovering around 41.50 cents/lb ($915/tonne,  €714/tonne) in the Chicago cash market in recent weeks.

Fatty acids are produced by splitting oils or fats, generating the fatty acid and a glycerine co-product.

($1 = €0.78)

By: Leela Landress
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