Sheep, lamb and wool production
Sheep and lamb turn-off
In 2017/18, some four million sheep and lambs, over two thirds of turn-off for the year, were processed on-shore producing 86 300 tonnes of sheepmeat. The WA sheep industry is very export dominant and 83% of the sheepmeat processed in WA with a value of $424 million was exported to markets in 47 countries. The five largest destinations by volume were China (28%), Malaysia (9%), the USA (8%), Saudi Arabia (8%) and the United Arab Emirates (7%).
A further 1.6 million sheep were exported live to 10 countries, mostly in the Middle East. The value of live sheep exports was A$209 million in 2017/18. The three largest markets by volume were Qatar (32%), Kuwait (28%) and Turkey (19%).
Sheep meat exports by volume, value and destinations
Wool production and exports
Western Australia produced approximately 65.1 million kilograms (kg) of greasy wool in 2017/18. 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 55% of the 'clip' (total amount shorn).
The entire WA wool clip is exported or transported interstate. During 2017/18 around 84% of the wool exported went to China with India (7%) and the Czech Republic (5%) the next largest destinations.