In 2017, Australia’s export of live cattle totalled 879,958 head and was valued at A$ 1.2 billion FOB. This was a 22% decline from the number exported in 2016. Of the cattle exported, 827,989 head (94%) were beef cattle for breeder, feeder and slaughter purposes (A$ 1.1 billion FOB) and 51,969 head (6%) were dairy cattle (A$ 101 million FOB).
The largest importing market of Australian cattle (beef and dairy) was Indonesia taking 511,878 head which accounted for 58% of all exported cattle. The second largest market was Vietnam, taking 167,369 head (19% of all cattle exports), followed by China, taking 76,300 (9% of all cattle exports).
The latest monthly cattle export statistics by country of destination and by port of loading are available in the publication LiveLink (produced by Meat and Livestock Australia) that can be accessed here.
A yearly summary of all cattle and beef cattle export statistics, by destination, can be downloaded here.
Statistics for total cattle exports in previous years, from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, can be found here.