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IBISWorld’s Sheep Farming market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Sheep farmers' performance has been volatile due to varying turnoff rates and lamb and wool prices
  • Profit margins have fluctuated over the past five years, but have trended downwards overall
  • Farmers will likely focus on export markets to shore up revenue lost from weak domestic consumption

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Similar to most agricultural industries, the Sheep Farming industry has displayed strong volatility over the past five years. Fluctuating turnoff rates, shifting demand in local and export markets, and varying prices for lamb and wool have contributed to revenue movements over the period. Industry revenue is forecast to grow at an annualised 3.5% over the five years through 2016-17, to $3.7 billion. This growth is slightly overstated due to a low base year. Rapidly rising lamb prices over the past four years have contributed to strong revenue growth, helping the industry recover from heavy losses incurred during 2012-13. Industry revenue is forecast to grow by 5.4% during 2016-17 due to strong growth in lamb and wool prices...

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    Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    Price movements and shifting production have contributed to revenue volatility for the Sheep Farming industry over the past five years. However, the industry has managed to post growth over most of the five-year period. Industry revenue is projected to grow at an annualised 3.5% over the five years through 2016-17, although this growth is slightly overstated due to a low base year. Industry revenue is forecast to rise by 5.4% during 2016-17, to reach $3.7 billion. Anticipated strong wool and lamb price growth over the year is expected to boost revenue.

    Production and prices

    Farmers typically focus production on either raising flocks for slaughter or maintaining them for wool production. How..

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    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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    Industry Products

    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
    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

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    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 rising 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

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

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

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

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Shearing services
  • Rent, utilities and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sheep Farming

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Sheep Farming Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    El Nino
  • A recurring weather pattern that caused by warming sea temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, often resulting in drought conditions in eastern states of Australia.
  • 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.
  • Processing
  • The process of taking a live animal, slaughtering it and then breaking down into saleable goods.
  • 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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