Animal industries

Queensland's animal industries include livestock, such as cattle, sheep and pigs, and livestock products, such as wool, dairy and eggs.

Animal industries contribute significantly to Queensland's economy. Queensland has a well-deserved reputation for clean, safe and ethically produced food. This reputation is supported by Australia's stringent biosecurity measures and traceability systems.


Queensland is Australia's main producer and exporter of beef. World-class research, development and production practices have kept Queensland's beef industry free from many of the world's most serious bovine diseases, such as foot-and-mouth disease and bovine spongiform encephalopathy, making our beef products among the world's safest.

Learn more about Queensland's beef industry.


Sheep farming has been a staple of Queensland's primary industries since the 1840s. Queensland's current sheep belt covers an area of about 55 million hectares.

Lambs for the meat trade are raised mainly on crop farms on the Darling Downs. Mutton sheep are usually culled from wool-growing Merino flocks. Wool production per head varies considerably between and within districts.

Learn more about Queensland's sheep industry.


Pig production and other sectors of the pork supply chain contribute significantly to regional communities and the Queensland economy.

Managing a commercial pig herd is a capital and labour-intensive business. Success requires a sound combination of business management and pig husbandry knowledge and skills.

Learn more about Queensland's pig industry.


Queensland's poultry industry includes the chicken meat and egg industry, as well as smaller poultry industries such as emu farming. Increasing consumption of poultry meat, combined with improvements in the genetics of poultry birds and processing efficiencies, have contributed to the strong growth of Queensland's poultry industry.

Learn more about Queensland's poultry industry.


Queensland's commercial kangaroo industry makes a valuable contribution to many regional communities. Employment opportunities exist in the harvesting, transporting and processing sectors and also for service providers. The industry operates within tight legislative guidelines to maintain food safety and integrity and ensure that animal welfare and sustainability objectives are achieved.

Learn more about commercial kangaroo harvesting in Queensland.


Per person consumption of milk and dairy products in Queensland has grown in recent years. Australia currently consumes approximately 20% of its milk production as drinking milk, while in Queensland approximately 90% is consumed as drinking milk. This equates to Queensland consuming 534 million litres of drinking milk (worth $223 million at farm gate price) and 50 million litres of milk (worth $23 million at farm gate price) into value-added dairy products.

Learn more about Queensland's dairy industry.


There are more than 80,000 commercial bee hives in Queensland, producing around 75kg of honey per hive annually. Honeybees not only produce honey, but play a vital role in the balance of nature, especially the pollination of agricultural crops, horticultural crops and the household garden.

Learn more about Queensland's bee industry.

Animal industry services

The Queensland Government supports the profitability and sustainability of Queensland agriculture by providing a number of important animal industry services, such as beef breeding services and information on vaccines.

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