Live Export

Live exports hit record 1.1m head in 2013-14

Beef Central, 15/08/2014

During the 2013-14 fiscal year, Australian live cattle exports totalled 1.13 million head – up 79pc on the previous twelve months and the highest fiscal year volume on record.

Underpinned by most major markets demanding greater numbers, total live cattle exports were valued at $1.05 billion, up 78pc on the previous fiscal year (Australian Bureau of Statistics).

Indonesia was Australia’s largest live cattle export market from July 2013 to June 2014, receiving a total 624,749 head – more than double the corresponding period last year and the greatest number since 2009-10. Aggregate shipments to Vietnam increased substantially year-on-year, reaching 131,367 head for the twelve months – eight times greater than 2012-13 and the second largest live cattle export destination. Live cattle shipments to Israel were 108,053 head, up 61pc on the previous financial year, while demand from China remained strong with live cattle exports up 59pc, to 94,211 head. Malaysia and Russia also grew, taking 55,438 head and 50,080 head, respectively – up 44pc and 38pc over the twelve-month period.

Australian live sheep exports during 2013-14 totalled 2.02 million head, down 2pc on the previous twelve months and were valued at $185 million. With 38pc of market share volume, Kuwait was the largest live sheep export destination, increasing 9pc year-on-year to 758,944 head. Shipments to the second and third largest markets, Qatar and Jordan, reduced on 2012-13, taking 526,897 head and 295,260 head respectively over the fiscal year, back 10pc and 14pc. Live sheep shipments to the UAE more than tripled, to 124,833 head, while Bahrain received 100,225 head, up 61pc on 2012-13.

Live goat shipments increased 33c on the previous fiscal year, at 81,650 head and were valued at $9.9 million over the twelve months, up 38pc year-on-year. Malaysia continued to be the primary live goat export market, with 75% of market share, taking 8% more live goats, at 61,145 head. Singapore emerged as a strong market, taking 17,855 head (all of which had a final destination of Malaysia) – increasing almost six-fold on the previous twelve months. While having relatively small market share, shipments to Brunei and the UAE also increased, to 1,427 head and 1,081 head – up 45% and 190%, respectively.

Source: MLA

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