Australian live cattle exports opened 2014 with 59,864 head, up 5pc on January 2013, and carrying the fiscal year-to-January aggregate to 561,359 head, up 64pc year-on-year (Australian Bureau of Statistics).
Indonesia was the largest market for Australian live cattle, receiving 21,096 head in January, down 47pc on the corresponding month last year, yet up 120pc for the fiscal year-to-January, at 297,092 head.
Shipments to Vietnam for January reached 15,400 head, assisting the July-to-January total to 69,307 head, up substantially on year ago levels, while numbers to Israel also increased, totalling 11,461 head for January (up 9pc year-on-year), taking the fiscal year-to-January aggregate to 67,291 head, up 91pc year-on-year.
Exports to China were 46pc greater than the same period last year, at 41,746 head, while Malaysia received 41pc more cattle for the fiscal year-to-January, at 31,713 head.
According to the ABS, Australian live sheep exports during January were 17pc lower compared to the corresponding month last year, at 204,250 head, with the fiscal year-to-January figure reaching 1.12 million head, back 10pc year-on-year.
Kuwait was the largest market for live sheep, with 85,045 head for the month, down 22pc year-on-year, yet assisting the fiscal year-to-January total up 43pc on the previous year, at 526,106 head.
Live sheep numbers to Qatar were 8pc lower during January, at 60,000 head, with the July-to-January total back 10pc, at 302,897 head, while shipments to Jordan also declined (14pc) in January, totalling 30,000 head, with the seven-month period down 34pc year-on-year, at 118,458 head.
Goat exports for the fiscal year-to-January were 50,236 head, up 44pc on the same period last year. In January, 6,358 goats were exported to Malaysia, up 35pc compared with the same month last year.
Source: Meat & Livestock Australia