Sheep, lamb and wool production
Sheep and lamb turn off
In 2016/17, some 3.8 million sheep and lambs, over two thirds of turn off for the year, were processed producing 86 600 tonnes of sheepmeat. Seventy seven per cent of the sheepmeat with a value of $366 million was exported to markets in over 50 countries. The five largest destinations by volume were China (20%), United Arab Emirates (10%), USA (9%), Saudi Arabia (8%) and Jordan (6%).
A further 1.7 million sheep were exported live to eight countries, mostly in the Middle East. The value of live sheep exports was A$203 million in 2016/17. The three largest markets by volume were Kuwait (34%), Qatar (33%) and Jordan (10%).
Wool production and exports
Western Australia produced approximately 71.1 million kilograms (kg) of greasy wool in 2016/17. Over 95% of the wool produced is fine Merino wool measuring less than 24.5 micron, suitable for apparel. Fine wool, with a fibre diameter under 19.6 micron, made up 41% of the 'clip' (total amount shorn).
The entire Western Australian wool clip is exported or transported interstate. During 2016/17 around 82% of the wool exports went to China with India (8%) and the Czech Republic (5%) the next largest destinations.