Value Analysis of the Australian Live Cattle Trade - Key Highlights

Project Code:  W.LIV.0196

Year Published: 2018

In the last thirty years, the Australian live cattle export trade has established itself as an important component of the overall Australian cattle market - providing jobs for regional Australians, sustaining farm land values and supporting cattle prices through additional buying competition, particularly during times of drought. This report takes an in-depth look at the inherent value in the trade across industry, regions and the various cattle sectors.

Mecardo was engaged by LiveCorp and Meat & Livestock Australia to undertake an analysis of the Australian live cattle trade and determine the value of the industry to regional zones across the country. The scope of this research includes:

  • full-time equivalent employment numbers,
  • the structure of the value chain across zones,
  • level of reliance businesses involved in the live export trade have with regard to the proportion of their revenues they earn from the live cattle trade, and
  • reasons why our offshore trade partners have an interest to continue importing live cattle.
The webinars can be found below and also on the Mecardo website

Webinar 1 - Australian Live Cattle Export Industry Overview



Webinar 2 - Regional Hotspots and Value Chain



Webinar 3 - Northern Territory Case Study



Webinar 4 - Destinations and Indonesian Case Study

Keywords: Cattle, In-market, Domestic, Transport, Farm

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