Our Industry

We are proud of the incredible contribution our industry makes to Australian economy and families and would like to improve on this history of achievement.


Some key facts about our industry:

  • The red meat and livestock industry contributes approximately seven billion to Australia’s gross domestic product
  • The industry is Australia’s largest food manufacturer and a significant employer in rural and regional areas, directly employing some 200,000 Australians on-farm, in meat processing and at wholesale/retail plus thousands more indirectly
  • The Australian red meat production sector has custody over roughly half of Australia’s land mass

  • The Australian red meat processing sector has an annual turnover in excess of $20 billion; ranking it as the largest trade-exposed manufacturing industry in Australia
  • We produce around 3pc of the world’s beef, 5pc of the world’s sheepmeat and 0.5pc of global goatmeat production
  • By value, we are the world’s largest exporter of beef, sheepmeat and goatmeat
  • By number, we are the world’s largest exporter of livestock
  • In 2016, approximately 70pc of Australian beef production, 53pc of lamb and 98pc of mutton production were exported worldwide, as well as 1.9 million live sheep and 1.1 million live cattle exported