Industry Statistics

In 2016, Australia exported 3,050,604 live cattle (beef and dairy), sheep and goats that were valued at $1.7 billion FOB. Of the livestock exported, there were:

  • 1,122,445 head of cattle (beef and dairy)

  • 1,875,167 head of sheep; and
  • 52,992 head of goats 

Our largest export markets (by volume) in 2016 were:

  1. Kuwait taking 651,150 sheep and 2,905 cattle (21% of all exported livestock) and valued at A$ 70.7 million FOB
  2. Indonesia taking 595,399 cattle (20% of all exported livestock) and valued at A$ 3.5million FOB; and
  3. Qatar taking 563,000 sheep and 1,200 cattle (18% of all exported livestock) and valued at A$ 61.8 million FOB 

Of all livestock exported from Australia, 2,928,027 head were exported by sea (96% of all exports) and 122,577 head were exported by air (4% of total exports). All goats exported in 2016 were transported by air.
For species-specific information, on cattle, sheep, goats or dairy cattle, click the links below.

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Looking For More Information?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics publishes quarterly data on the number of livestock exported from Australia, as well as domestic livestock numbers.
The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources publishes monthly data on the number of cattle, sheep, buffalo, goats and alpacas exported overseas as well as the associated transport mortality rates and actions taken by the Secretary in response to any livestock mortalities from sea voyages.
Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) publishes a monthly report on the statistics trends in the live animal export industry. The publication is known as LiveLink.  

The Australian Livestock Export Industry

LiveCorp works closely with industry stakeholders to continuously improve performance in animal health and welfare, supply chain efficiency and market access through the provision of technical services and research, development and extension (RD&E).
Australian livestock can only be exported by a licensed Australian exporter and cannot be exported to all countries. If you would like to export livestock from Australia you can contact an exporter by submitting a trade enquiry below.

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