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Regional Development Victoria

Victoria's Beef Industry

Angus beef cattle in a paddock
The beef cattle industry is Victoria's most geographically extensive industry. Beef production occurs across all regions of Victoria, but it is predominantly located in the Western District, Gippsland, Ovens Murray and Goulburn regions.

Beef is the second most popular fresh meat consumed in Australia, with consumption averaging 28.6kg per person in 2014-15.

Victoria produced 521 kilotonnes of beef and veal (carcase weight) in 2014-15, 19.3% of Australian production. Beef exports from Victoria were valued at $1.5 billion in 2014-15.

Victoria had 4.2 million cattle, at 30 June 2014, accounting for 14% of the Australia’s 29.1 million head herd.

While most of Victoria's cattle are kept on managed pastures, around 6 per cent of the beef cattle herd is grown out in feedlots. Victorian feedlots predominantly produce beef for the domestic market, with shorter feeding regimes and higher turnover rates compared to Queensland and New South Wales.

There are approximately 50 specialised beef cattle feedlots in Victoria. The total number of cattle being turned off from these feedlots has increased steadily over the last few years to 179,000 head in 2014-15.

In Victoria, there are 21 licensed abattoirs supervised by PrimeSafe with a further 18 licensed abattoirs supervised by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service.

Victorian Code for Cattle Feedlots, 1995 Planning requirements for beef feedlots
National Beef Feedlot Guidelines Victoria Planning Provisions - Beef Feedlot

angus beef steak


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Last Updated: 29 April 2016