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Brazillian packers slaughtered 7.2 million head of cattle in the first quarter of 2012, which represents an increase of 1.6% on the same quarter in 2011.
Cattle slaughtered during the first quarter in Brazil generally have a lighter average weight than at other times of the year, owing to the larger number of cows in the mix during the summer months, Brazil’s National Statistics Institute, IBGE, said on reporting the figures.
The institute said more than 8.4 million hides came onto the Brazilian market during the first quarter of 2012, a higher number than the slaughter figure because of the material sold to tanners by traders (including hides of cattle slaughter in the previous quarter), companies that specialise in salting and storing hides and sources in other countries. The figure represents a 3.9% drop on the corresponding total for the first quarter of 2011.
Meanwhile, there was a decline of 25% in the number of hides that came onto the market in the traditional leather-producing state of Rio Grande do Sul during the January-March period, compared to the corresponding period in 2011.