Beef is produced across Victoria, but is primarily focused in the Western District, Gippsland, Ovens Murray and Goulburn regions.
There are over 15,000 agricultural businesses carrying over 2 million beef cattle in Victoria. As more farms have turned to a commercial focus over time, the average size of a Victorian beef farm has changed, from less than 300 hectares in the 1960s to around 340 hectares in 2011-12.
In 2013-14, beef (fresh or frozen) was Victoria's highest value export, with a value of $1.0 billion. This represented 44 per cent of Victoria's meat export value and 14 per cent of total Australian beef export value.
The Beef Industry Profile provides an overview of the location, structure and performance of Victoria's beef industry. It also provides information on production, trends, exports, domestic consumption, productivity, financial performance and employment details of the industry, as well as opportunities and challenges and important government policy influences.
Key industry groups listed below offer valuable data, information and opportunities. These include:
- Meat and Livestock Australia is a producer-owned company working in partnership with industry and government to achieve a profitable and sustainable red meat and livestock (cattle, sheep and goats) industry in Australia.
- Cattle Council of Australia is the peak producer organisation representing Australia's beef cattle producers. The objective of the Council is to represent and progress the interests of Australian beef cattle producers through wide and regular consultation with, and policy advice to, key industry organisations, relevant Federal Government Departments and other bodies regarding issues of national and international importance.