Beef boom has WA industry smiling
WA has defied national trends to increase its cattle herd as the value of beef and live exports skyrockets.
The size of the herd is up more than 14 per cent to 2.25 million head over the past two years and industry leaders predict the trend will continue based on strong prices and export demand.
WA Beef Council chairman Ivan Rogers said the industry was set to build dedicated supply chains from farms through to overseas customers.
Research by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA shows that from 2012 to last year, beef exports grew 170 per cent in value to $184 million.
In the same period, live exports increased in value from $154 million to $253 million.
Mr Rogers, who runs a feedlot at Tammin, said the figures reflected a virtual doubling in cattle prices.
“We have come off a low base for beef exports because we weren’t participating when the China market exploded in 2012 and 2013,” he said.
“We have become part of that through some commercial innovation and supply-chain management.
“I can’t see demand for beef dwindling.”