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Economic Analysis of the Live Cattle Export Trade prepared by MECARDO

Project start date: 14 May 2018
Project end date: 30 September 2018
Publication date: 01 November 2018
Project status: Completed
Livestock species: Grassfed cattle
Relevant regions: National
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In the last thirty years, the Australian live cattle export trade has established itself as an important component of the overall Australian cattle market - providing jobs for regional Australians, sustaining farm land values and supporting cattle prices through additional buying competition, particularly during times of drought. This report takes a deep look at the inherent value in the trade across industry, regions and the various cattle sectors.

Mecardo was engaged by LiveCorp and Meat & Livestock Australia to undertake an analysis of the Australian live cattle trade, which included the production of a series of webinars and a research paper. The objective of this project was to determine the value of the industry to regional zones across the country. The scope of this research included:

1. full-time equivalent employment numbers.
2.the structure of the value chain across zones.
3. level of reliance businesses involved in the live export trade have with regard to the proportion of their revenues they earn from the live cattle trade.
4. reasons why our offshore trade partners have an interest to continue importing live cattle.

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Project manager: Sharon Dundon