Uncertainty created by recent regulatory changes to the live sheep export trade as well other unique factors have the potential to shift the decision-making of Western Australian farmers away from sheep breeding towards larger areas of crop plantings.
Mecardo has been engaged by LiveCorp and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) to undertake an analysis of the Australian live sheep export trade. The objective of this project is to determine the value of the industry to regional zones across the country.
This report analyses the historical trends in the demographics of the Australian sheep flock, with a focus on 2008 to 2018, examining domestic factors that influence farm-level enterprise decision making. By exploring some of the drivers of change, it provides insight as to whether the WA sheep flock is at risk of further decline and which enterprises farmers may be turning to, particularly in light of changes to the live sheep export industry.