As I reported last week, the pace of change within the Brazilian tillage sector has been phenomenal. Land that ten years ago had carrying capacity of just 0.25LU/ha (the equivalent of one cow per 4/ha) has been transformed into highly productive tillage land with the capacity to grow three crops in one year.

The pace of change within the Brazilian beef sector has been at a much slower rate. The bulk of the national herd continues to be slaughtered at between three and four years of age at the typical carcase weight of 245kg. Getting an exact handle on age at slaughter is a challenge for the industry given the incomplete traceability system.