South Australia’s pastoral and mixed farming areas are home to a thriving meat and livestock industry, recognised worldwide for its premium quality and sustainable production practices. From paddock to plate, our quality meat is being enjoyed around the world, from trendy Manhattan restaurants to high end supermarkets in Hong Kong.

This is a diverse state-wide industry that includes beef, sheep, pigs, chickens, kangaroos, goats, wool, eggs and hides.

South Australia produces around 560,000 tonnes of meat and more than 55 million kilograms of wool every year, and has built a reputation for sustainable and innovative production methods. The value of wool exports has almost doubled in the last five years based on global demand and prices.

Sheep production is the largest of South Australia’s meat and livestock industries, closely followed by beef cattle and strong domestic demand for pork and chicken meat.

South Australia is Australia’s largest pig processor with around 25% of the nation’s pork produced here.

Food safety and integrity is central to primary production and processing in South Australia, with industry needing to adhere to high standards of food production prescribed in legislation.

Our biosecurity systems and freedom from many global diseases, high animal welfare standards and sustainable production practices all support consumer confidence and market access for our products.

The state has a strong egg production industry, with all commercial egg farmers accredited under the South Australian egg food safety scheme, demonstrating compliance with the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

South Australia is the nation’s largest kangaroo meat exporter and is a leader in the harvest of other undomesticated livestock including goat, camel and alpaca.

South Australia boasts a strong integrated supply chain, from commercial producers through to processors and exporters. Key export markets include the USA, China, Japan and Malaysia.


As well as producing honey, beeswax, pollen, royal jelly and venom, honeybees are critical for pollinating some of our important horticultural and agricultural crops including almonds, apples, cherries, blueberries, lucerne and clover.

Kangaroo Island is home to the world’s only surviving Ligurian bee population which still resides on the island after more than a century since a chance relocation from Italy – producing premium and sought after honey.

Marketing toolkit for the meat and livestock industry

Use the resources in these toolkits to market your products and sector to local and international investors.