The sheep meat and wool industry is Victoria's third largest agricultural industry by value, with a gross value of agricultural production of around $1.5 billion in 2012-13. The gross values of sheep meat and wool production were $923 million and $574 million, respectively. The Victorian sheep flock was around 15.7 million head in 2013-14.
Victorian sheep meat (lamb and mutton) production has increased by approximately 60 per cent since the early nineties. Victoria is currently Australia's largest lamb and mutton producing state, producing 207,100 tonnes of lamb (44 per cent of Australian lamb production) in 2012-13. Victoria is one of the world's largest suppliers of sheep meat, exporting around 179,000 tonnes in 2013-14, worth $898 million.
The Sheep Industry Profile provides an overview of the location, structure and performance of Victoria's sheep 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.