Australian cattle exports are running 23 percent higher year on year, with 487,215 cattle exported from January 1 to June 30.
Shipments to Australia’s largest cattle market, Indonesia, have lagged slightly on the same period last year, with 231,033 cattle shipped so far this calendar year.
The growth has been driven largely by exports to China, which are running 65 percent higher year on year to 52,259 head.
The vast majority of cattle shipments to China were breeding cattle (33,758), followed by slaughter cattle (18,501).
Vietnam has also recorded a 4pc increase so far this year to 98,179 head, while exports to Israel have increased by 42pc to 20,914 head and exports to Malaysia have increased by 128pc and 15,363 head.
Total feeder cattle exports from Australia from January 1 to June 30 rose by 20pc to 315,207 head, slaughter cattle exports increased by 37pc to 124,470, and breeder cattle exports increased by 9pc to 47,538 head.
Breeding cattle exports to Indonesian declined by 6pc to 4791 for the first half of the year.
Australia’s largest cattle export markets from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 were: