Kimberley cattle praised
WA has emerged as a pillar of Australia’s $1.2 billion live cattle export trade, accounting for one-quarter of the country’s produce shipped to international markets.
A new Mecardo-led live cattle export study has found that about $620 million was returned to cattle farmers annually from 2012-2017 on the back of growing beef demand.
The strong revenues enjoyed by cattle producers came about as 265,000 head exited through WA’s ports every year in the same time frame, equating to 25 per cent of Australia’s live cattle industry. Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association chief executive Emma White said the report was timely. “We’ve used findings from the report to comment to the ASEL review. It emphasises that for the north of Australia — particularly Pilbara, Kimberley and Northern Territory — the fundamental importance of live cattle exports.”
The analysis, commissioned by LiveCorp and Meat and Livestock Australia, found the Kimberley and Pilbara hosted the bulk of WA’s herd.
The Kimberley holds about 35 per cent, while 29 per cent is based in the Pilbara. About 71 per cent of Kimberley cattle sales are identified as live export transactions, compared with the Pilbara’s 60 per cent.
The NT had the greatest stake in live cattle exports, shipping 38 per cent of the country’s market a year.
Emma White, exporter Justin Morrissey and Cattle Council of Australia chief executive Margo Andrae.