Live cattle exports up, sheep shipments down

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Thursday, February 14, 2008

Australian live cattle exports finished 2007 at their highest level in four years, while live sheep shipments were shrinking.

Cattle exports for 2007 totalled 723,072 head – up 14% year-on-year, with increased shipments for the year recorded to Indonesia, Mexico, Brunei, the Philippines and Libya. Indonesia received a record 520,521 head during 2007 – surpassing the previous calendar year record set in 2002 (429,615 head) by 21%. Exports for 2007 also jumped 35% on 2006.

Despite a 54% year-on-year decline in shipments, Israel remained Australia’s second largest market for live cattle and Malaysia was a close third for the year, with 35,018 head – back 38% year-on-year.

Exports for the year to Japan declined 4%, shipments to China and Saudi Arabia decreased 11% and 41%, respectively. However, the Philippines were up 55%.

Dairy cattle exports during 2007 reached 46,665 head – up 40% on the previous year, with Mexico remaining the largest market, with 22,167 head. Large dairy cattle shipments during 2007 were also sent to Russia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Australian live sheep exports fluctuated during 2007, finally falling back 9% on 2006 (4.17 million head). Saudi Arabia is Australia’s largest live sheep market.

Australian live sheep exports to Kuwait fell back 3% in 2007, while exports to Oman jumped 69%, to a 10-year high of 539,562 head. Exports to the United Arab Emirates for 2007 dropped 12% year-on-year, to 267,829 head, while numbers to Jordan were slashed by 61%, to 267,829 head.
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