In 2017, Australia’s export of live sheep totalled 1,953,918 and was valued at A$ 249 million FOB, a 4% increase on the number of sheep exported in the previous calendar year. Of the sheep exported, 1,910,202 head (98% of all sheep exports) went to EMENA (Europe, Middle East and North Africa).
Kuwait was the largest market for sheep taking 646,218 head, accounting for 33.1% of sheep exports. Our second largest market was Qatar, taking 640,000 head (32.8% of exported sheep), followed by Turkey, taking 224,757 head (11.5% of exported sheep).
The latest monthly sheep 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 sheep export statistics (including dairy cattle) by destination can be downloaded here.
Statistics for total sheep exports in previous years, from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, can be found here.