DEPI is committed to working with livestock producers to develop the industry, provide information and advice around animal and livestock production, animal health and welfare; introduce sustainable farming practices and assist with biosecurity threats and emergencies.
Victorian meat exports were valued at $1.78 billion in 2012-13, an increase of $207 million or 12% from 2011-12. The export of animal fibre products was valued at $1.34 billion in 2012-13, with Victorian wool accounting for 54% of the value of Australia's wool exports.
In 2011-12 there were approximately 15,339 agricultural properties carrying just over 2.3 million beef cattle. Of these, 8,029 were specialised beef cattle farms and 1,645 were mixed beef/sheep farms. The Victorian sheep flock is around 16 million.
A number of animals – other than sheep and cattle – are 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. Others, such as horses and working dogs provide companionship or assistance.
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