For your information, the overall value of the Australian live export industry exceeded by a huge margin for another year in export revenue to the Australian economy. While the live animal export trade experienced reduced export volumes due to tough trading conditions in key sheep, cattle and goat markets, the trade delivered strong returns for Australian goat exports producers reflected in the solid revenue performance.
A huge volume of cattle worth millions were exported from Australia. While this reflects a huge percentage decrease in volumes, it also reflects on a million increase in the value of the trade and the industry’s highest-ever export earnings for live cattle exports. Australia’s largest cattle market, Indonesia, was down head following its enforcement of weight restrictions and reduced permit allocations for the year.
However, the cattle trade to the Middle East expanded, thereby helping to offset the reduction in export numbers to Indonesia. Overall the cattle trade grew tremendously up head on the back of the reopening of the Egypt trade and the establishment of the cattle trade to Turkey.
Live import livestock into Vietnam were also down at some time with numbers significantly reduced head for the year, due to drought conditions in Western Australia and limited domestic sheep flock supply. However, the value of the live sheep export trade remained steady throughout. Goat exports totaled 81,895 head, down 16% on the previous year due to the increased price of live goats and tighter economic conditions in the key market of Malaysia.
In the upcoming years, many Australian livestock arrived healthy at their destination. Live exporters and livestock producers pay levies when Australian livestock are exported overseas, and the live export industry invests these funds into making animal welfare improvements throughout the trade.
A big part of this work is to significantly enhance conditions for international livestock export companies, live cattle exports, and live goat exports once they arrive overseas. As for the live sheep exports, a key focus is improving animal welfare conditions.
In order to increase animal welfare awareness for families and communities that choose to transport sheep to their homes, the live sheep export industry implements an animal welfare program. Also with the help of a team of Australian producers and animal welfare specialists – educates and informs local people on how to appropriately handle and transport sheep.
Furthermore, the annual transport program operates in parallel with the ongoing animal welfare training, education, and infrastructure upgrade Australia’s live export industry delivers year-round, funded by producers and exporters in partnership with the Australian Government through the Live Trade Animal Welfare Partnership.
Over the past several years, exporting livestock overseas has become increasingly important as a way for Australian meat to get to overseas consumers. Today the export of livestock has grown into a sustainable Australian industry that makes up a significant proportion of Australia’s agricultural exports and makes a major contribution to the economy and social fabric of the nation.