The Live export industry has been continuously improving and undergoing significant change. As a result industry and government are working cooperatively to improve transport, handling and animal welfare outcomes to the benefit of the livestock that are exported from Australia. Information on the industry can be found here.
What countries does Australia export sheep to?
In 2019, the five biggest sheep export markets by volume were Kuwait (35%), Qatar (25%), Jordan (19%), UEA (9%), Israel (5%).
In 2019, 1.1 million sheep were exported live from Australia nationally, the sheep export market is valued at $143 million. However, there is a 43% decline when compared to 2017, which is largely due to the industry imposed pause during the Northern Hemisphere summers of 2018 and 2019. Allowing better animal welfare outcomes of these sheep.
Where is Australia exporting sheep from?
Most Australian sheep are exported from Western Australia and the proportion of Australia’s live export sheep sourced from WA has increased over the last 10 years.
What is the Australian sheep’s advantage?
Australian sheep maintain a great reputation from a long history. Many countries demand sheep from Australia as a result of its clean, green reputation.
As an external factor, Sheep meat has been consumed in the Middle East for thousands of years. The consumers in the Middle East prefer fresh meat, rather than frozen or chilled. Sourcing other food to substitute would be challenging and expensive. Furthermore, there are some religions that require the animal to be slaughtered in their country. Hence, sheep export from Australia fulfills their needs.
Australia has been improving the regulatory certificate system which helps maintain a stable supply of quality sheep. As a result of the continued effort, Australian sheep have gained consumer’s confidence and are recognised for their excellent quality, health status and value for money. For breeders, Australia provides a variety of sheep classes and breeds that strengthens the breeding and herd numbers with quality genetics.
How to export sheep from Australia?
There’s 2 main ways to transport sheep from Australia, by sea or by air. Transporting sheep by air allows shorter transit time, making it more efficient. Moreover, Stockair can provide custom built crates to suit various types of animal types, sizes and numbers. There are also numerous departure dates and destinations, allowing you flexibility in planning your export.
Stockair has the capability, know-how, experience and is well-equipped to safely deliver any live animal globally, from a single animal to large herds, we can assist you to move your animals. Our clients continue to return to Stockair and as such we have grown to become one of the largest global livestock logistic companies. In 2018 alone, Stockair delivered over 34,000 head of livestock globally.