Live sheep export numbers for the year-to-May have increased by 42% compared to the previous year. Despite this growth, the numbers are still below 2020 levels. Kuwait has replaced Qatar as a major partner in sheep exports, while Oman and Israel have seen significant increases in trade.
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Live sheep export figures for the year-to-May show numbers have grown 42% year-on-year. When we last looked at live export numbers, the trade had started strong in January, before dipping in February, with 40% less sheep exported for that month year-on-year. Each month since has exported significantly higher numbers, however, with March up 449% year-on-year, and May up 111%. Looking at the first five months of 2023 together; 400,385 sheep have headed offshore, with 115, 410 head exported in May alone. In comparison, just shy of 503,000 sheep were exported in the entire 2022 calendar year (keeping in mind there are only three months of open trade left for 2023). Now while trade is tracking above 2021 and 2022 levels, numbers are still tracking below 2020, making them the third lowest on record since the turn of the century. In terms of markets, Qatar, which just five years ago was taking over half a million sheep from Australia alone, has not imported any Australian sheep this ...