Sheep Statistics

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 the EMENA region (Europe, Middle East and North Africa).
The largest importing markets of Australian live sheep were:

  • Kuwait taking 646,218 head (33.1% of all live sheep exports);
  • Qatar, taking 640,000 head (32.8% of all live sheep exports); and
  • Turkey taking 224,757 head (11.5% of all live sheep exports).
(Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics)

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 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

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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