Counting sheep: Surging export demand and higher prices drive revenue growth

The Sheep Farming industry has displayed strong growth over the past five years, despite variations in turn-off rates and wool production volumes. Rising demand for wool and downstream sheep meat from export markets has stimulated strong price growth for both wool and sheep meat, which has boosted livestock prices at the farm gate. Conversely, domestic demand has been relatively stagnant as per capita red meat consumption has fallen over the period. As a result, operators have increasingly focused on export markets to expand revenue. Overall, industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 10.2% over the five years through 2017-18, to reach $4.4 billion. However, this result is slightly skewed by a low base year in 2012-13, when both wool and lamb prices fell more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Surging wool and lamb demand from overseas has contributed to the industry’s significant expansion
  • Profit margins have fluctuated over the past five years, but have increased overall
  • Farmers will likely focus on export markets to shore up revenue lost from weak domestic consumption
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The industry has few barriers to entry. Generally, all inputs are readily available, producers can usually shift between agricultural activities with ease and there are regularly farms for sale. Nonetheless, two possible barriers include capital investment requirements and problems securing finance for such investment.Establishing sheep farming operations requires considerable investment. New participants must purchase land, sheep, fencing materials, feed silos and machinery. In addition, farmers must construct drenching or drafting yards, and shearing sheds.Establishment costs are significantly lower for existing primary producers as farmers can alter their product mix in response to changing market conditions. In ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Sheep Farming Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Sheep Farming Industry are

  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • Proximity to key suppliers
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Domestic price of wool and Domestic price of lamb in the Sheep Farming industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Sheep Farming Industry?

    The industry consists of farms that are primarily engaged in sheep farming. Sheep are farmed for their meat and wool.

    Industry Products
  • Wool
  • Lambs for slaughter
  • Sheep for slaughter
  • Sheep for live export
  • Sheep and lambs for breeding and stocking
  • Industry Activities
  • Prime lamb raising
  • Sheep farming
  • Wool growing
  • Sheep agistment
  • Raw sheep milk production
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Domestic price of wool
  • Domestic price of lamb
  • Level of annual rainfall
  • Trade-weighted index
  • Sheep meat production

  • Current Performance
  • Production and prices
  • Importance of trade
  • Fluctuating profit margins
  • Keeping it in

    the family

  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Covering costs
  • Productivity push
  • Tech-savvy farmers
  • Table: Sheep Farming Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sheep Farming Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Meat Processing
  • Wool Wholesaling

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Agribusiness
  • Livestock and Other Agricultural Supplies Wholesaling
  • Organic Farming
  • Shearing, Cropping and Agricultural Support Services
  • Veterinary Services

  • Products & Services
  • Wool
  • Lambs for slaughter
  • Sheep for slaughter
  • Sheep for live export
  • Sheep and lambs for breeding and stocking
  • Chart: Sheep Farming Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Demand for slaughter sheep and lamb
  • Demand for wool

  • Major Markets
  • Wool wholesalers and processors
  • Meat processors
  • Live sheep export markets
  • Other farmers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sheep Farming Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sheep Farming

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sheep Farming Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Sheep Farming Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Sheep Farming Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Imputed Wage
  • The estimated labour input of the farm owner, their partner and/or family members, based on hours worked and wages outlined in the Federal Pastoral Industry Award.
  • Melioidosis
  • A bacterial disease found in the Northern Territory. Bacteria remains under the soil during the dry season, but can become airborne and spread to animals and humans during wet season.
  • Stockfeed
  • Animal feed, such as wheat, grain or grass.
  • Turn-Off Rate
  • The portion of the flock that the farmer sells for processing.
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