The department is committed to working with livestock producers to develop the industry, provide information, advise around livestock production, safeguard animal health and welfare, promote sustainable farming practices and assist with biosecurity threats and emergencies.
Meat was Victoria's most valuable export commodity in 2013-14, worth $2.3 billion. Victoria is Australia's second-largest wool-producing state, exporting 174,000 tonnes of wool in 2013-14, valued at $1.3 billion.
There are more than 15,000 agricultural businesses carrying over 2 million beef cattle in Victoria. The Victorian sheep flock is around 16 million spread across more than 10,000 agricultural businesses. A number of animals – other than sheep and cattle – are also kept or farmed in Victoria. These animals play a large part in Victoria's agricultural industries, producing a diverse range of goods, including meat, milk, wool, honey and eggs. Other animals, such as horses and working dogs, provide companionship and assistance.
For detailed information on the location, structure and performance of Victoria's livestock industries, refer to the:
To report any Emergency Animal Diseases Hotline 1800 675 888 (All Hours)