Although a large landmass, Australia produces only a small portion of the world’s red meat.

In 2018, Australia produced around 3% of the world’s beef, and an even smaller percentage of sheepmeat. Compared with the EU, which produces 11% of the world’s beef, Australia is a small producer.

With a relatively small population, Australia is able to export a larger percentage of its red meat than some other countries. This means that high-quality Australian red meat is enjoyed in over 100 countries worldwide. However, market access restrictions currently in place mean that Australia does not export a lot of red meat to the EU – for example with Australian beef accounting for less than 0.5% of EU domestic consumption.

Global Beef & Sheepmeat Data

Share of global beef production

Share of global sheepmeat production

Source: USDA (beef), OECD-FAO 2018 Outlook (sheepmeat)


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