A record 1.29 million head of cattle were exported from Australia last year, thanks to strong demand from Indonesian and Vietnamese market.
According to figures from Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), the total number of cattle exported in 2014 was up 33 per cent on the previous record set back in 2002.
Exports to Indonesia were strong, reaching over 730,000 head, up 61 per cent on 2013.
The Vietnamese market surprised many and is now easily the second biggest market for Australian live cattle. It imported 181,542 head in 2014, well up on the previous years’ intake of 67,000.
Live cattle export rankings for 2014:
- Indonesia: 730,257 head
- Vietnam: 181,542 head
- China: 117,906 head
- Israel: 78,181 head
- Malaysia: 53,004 head
* Figures supplied by Meat and Livestock Australia
One of Vietnam’s biggest importers of Australian cattle, Animex, recently received its 30th shipment from Australia’s north and has imported more than 75,000 head since 2012.
The company is hoping 2015 will be its biggest yet, as it ramps up sales of fresh beef and buffalo meat from its abattoir, directly to consumers around Hai Phong and the capital Hanoi.
Meanwhile, cattle exports to China increased to almost 118,000 head last year.
This figure was made up primarily of dairy cattle, with the beef cattle industry still waiting for protocols to be signed with China to allow feeder and slaughter cattle to be exported.
The live cattle trade in 2014 reached a value of $1.23 billion, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.