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Australian cattle exports worth more than $1 billion in 2013-14

Beef Central, 01/10/2014

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Australia’s live cattle exports exceeded $1 billion in value for the first time on record in the 2013-14 financial year, according to official statistical review released by Meat & Livestock Australia yesterday.

The previous record was set in 2009-10 when Australia exported more than 900,000 cattle worth just over $700 million.

In the past financial year Australia exported a record 1.13 million cattle, driven primarily by renewed demand from Indonesia, which imported 624,749 cattle, or 55pc of all Australian cattle exports,  and the emergence of Vietnam as a major market, which imported 131,367 cattle.

Other major destinations for the 2013-14 year were Israel (108,053 head); China (94,211 head – dairy cattle); Malaysia (55,438 head) and Russia (50,080 head).

Overall cattle exports for the 2013-14 fiscal year were valued at $1.05 billion, 79pc higher than 2012-13.

Darwin was the largest live export port for cattle in 2013-14, shipping 415,427 head that were valued at $305 million FOB. Townsville (203,824 head) was the second largest port in 2013-14, followed by Fremantle (140,932 head).

2014-10-1-livex-pricesDairy cattle exports increased 6pc in 2013-14, to 92,629 head, worth A$200 million FOB. During 2013-14, China remained the largest dairy cattle export market.

In 2013-14, Australian live sheep exports totalled 2,020,941 head, back 2pc on 2012-13, and valued at A$185 million FOB.

The Middle East accounted for 97pc of Australian live sheep exports for the fiscal year.

Kuwait remained the largest market for Australian live sheep in 2013-14, at 758,944 head, up 9pc on 2012-13 – valued at A$62 million FOB.

The largest export state for live sheep during 2013-14 was Western Australia, shipping 1,719,007 head, and was worth A$154 million FOB. The second largest export state was Victoria (186,033 head), followed by South Australia (104,527 head).


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  1. Grant Piper, 01/10/2014

    Based on the above in 09-10 exported cattle averaged ~$777AUD per head and in 13-14 ~$886AUD?? Should do the same calcs for beef exports $/kg.

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