Victoria's livestock industry includes meat cattle, sheep and lambs, pigs, poultry and other livestock. In total there are 22.1 million animals in the industry spread over 28,892 farm businesses. The livestock industry produces meat at a production value of $4.3 billion, wool at $667 million and eggs at $150 million.
For detailed information on the location, structure and performance of Victoria's livestock industries, refer to the:
- Beef industry profile (PDF - 576.2 KB)
- Beef industry profile (WORD - 2.6 MB)
- Sheep industry profile (PDF - 644.0 KB)
- Sheep industry profile (WORD - 2.4 MB)
- Pig, goat and deer industry profile (PDF - 566.8 KB)
- Pig, goat and deer industry profile (WORD - 2.7 MB)
To report an emergency call the emergency animal diseases hotline 1800 675 888 (All hours).
There are processes you should have in place to ensure the welfare of your livestock. You are legally obligated to ensure the mental and physical health of your animals, and ensuring healthy stock means that your production and market access will benefit.
Read about your legal obligations and get some ideas on practical measures you can take to make sure that your stock are well cared for and healthy.
- Learn about animal welfare for livestock producers.
- Understand your legal obligations when caring for livestock.
- Animal Wildlife Health Network
Grow some shelterbelts to protect your livestock and enhance productivity.
Grants and funding
Background information and summaries of projects are available on the relevant pages.
Bushfires in South-west Victoria
Information to assist residents and farmers affected by the bushfires.
Livestock Disease Control Regulations 2017
Help us protect Victoria's livestock industries from the impacts of animal disease.
National Livestock Identification System
Information and tag order forms for livestock producers and stock agents.
Drought information and workshops
Don't go it alone - resources and support for managing tough conditions.