In 2017, Australia’s export of dairy cattle totalled 51,969 head and was valued at A$ 101 million FOB. In comparison, Australia exported 67,192 dairy cattle in 2016 which were valued at A$ 117.5 million FOB. Therefore, Australia’s export of dairy cattle in 2017 declined 23% on export volumes in the previous calendar year.
China was our largest market taking 35,465 head which accounted for 68% of exported dairy cattle. Our second largest market was Pakistan, taking 6,665 head (13% of dairy cattle exports), followed by Indonesia, taking 2,365 (5% of dairy cattle exports).
The latest monthly dairy cattle export statistics by country of destination and by port of loading are available in the publication LiveLink (produced by Meat & Livestock Australia) that can be accessed here.
A yearly summary of dairy cattle export statistics by destination can be downloaded here.
Statistics for total dairy cattle exports in previous years, from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, can be found here.