The beef industry

The $11.4 billion Australian beef industry has a diverse and complex value chain that includes:

The challenge of navigating within this complex global trading environment is heightened by other structural uncertainties. The industry must adapt to climate, unpredictable rain patterns, changing trade agreements and protocols, varying state and territory legislation and, critically, customer and stakeholder expectations.

Our markets

Australian beef can be found across the world. The second largest exporter of beef, Australia exports to more than 100 countries. A total of 1.1 million tonnes (swt) of beef valued at $8 billion was exported in 2017-18. The top three export markets on a volume basis are Japan, United States and South Korea.

While we are a key player in international trade, the Australian domestic market remains our largest single market consuming approximately 29% of the beef produced.

Read more on pages 10-13 of the 2019 Annual Update.

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Our integrity systems

Australian beef enjoys market access to over 100 countries due to consistent quality and strong systems that guarantee the integrity of Australian beef. The three central elements of the red meat integrity system are:

In addition to these whole-of-industry systems, accreditation and regulatory systems have been created to guarantee the quality, environmental and animal welfare credentials for particular sectors. Audited systems include:

  • National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (NFAS)
  • Australian Livestock Processing Industry Animal Welfare Certification System (AAWCS)
  • Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS)
  • The Pasture-fed Cattle Assurance System (PCAS)

The $11.4 billion Australian beef industry has a diverse and complex value chain that includes:

The challenge of navigating within this complex global trading environment is heightened by other structural uncertainties. The industry must adapt to climate, unpredictable rain patterns, changing trade agreements and protocols, varying state and territory legislation and, critically, customer and stakeholder expectations.

Our markets

Australian beef can be found across the world. The second largest exporter of beef, Australia exports to more than 100 countries. A total of 1.1 million tonnes (swt) of beef valued at $8 billion was exported in 2017-18. The top three export markets on a volume basis are Japan, United States and South Korea.

While we are a key player in international trade, the Australian domestic market remains our largest single market consuming approximately 29% of the beef produced.

Read more on pages 10-13 of the 2019 Annual Update.

Click on the image to expand.

Our integrity systems

Australian beef enjoys market access to over 100 countries due to consistent quality and strong systems that guarantee the integrity of Australian beef. The three central elements of the red meat integrity system are:

In addition to these whole-of-industry systems, accreditation and regulatory systems have been created to guarantee the quality, environmental and animal welfare credentials for particular sectors. Audited systems include:

  • National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (NFAS)
  • Australian Livestock Processing Industry Animal Welfare Certification System (AAWCS)
  • Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS)
  • The Pasture-fed Cattle Assurance System (PCAS)