Australian live exports of cattle and sheep fell 15% and 12%, respectively, year-on-year, during 2011-12 (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry).
Live cattle exports declined to 684,855 head for the fiscal year, with a corresponding export value of A$650.8 million FOB.
Shipments to Indonesia fell 18% year-on-year, to 376,250 head, however, it remained the largest export destination for 2011-12, accounting for 55% of total live cattle exports.
In contrast, increases were registered in shipments to Israel (up 13%, to 60,494 head), China (up 16%, to 58,853 head), and Egypt (up 39%, to 32,089 head).
Live sheep exports fell to 2.56 million head in 2011-12, with an export value of A$ 345 million FOB. This was largely underpinned by a 22% year-on-year decline in shipments to the largest export destination, Kuwait, to 901,486 head.
Shipments to Bahrain also fell 19%, to 386,941 head, while substantial increases were recorded in shipments to Qatar (up 44%, to 456,436 head) and Jordan (up 64%, to 348,467 head).
Conversely, live goat exports increased 5% year-on-year during 2011-12, to 71,895 head, with an associated export value of A$9.7 million FOB.
Malaysia remained the largest export destination, with an 88% share in total Australian goat exports for the year.
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