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Changing climatic conditions during the year ending 30 June 2018 limited growth of Australian livestock numbers.
The national beef herd remained relatively steady at 24 million head, with declines in the herd in most states offset by increases in Queensland and Victoria:
At June 2018 the national beef herd comprised:
The national dairy herd increased slightly in 2017-18.
At 30 June 2018, there were 2.6 million dairy cattle, including:
Sheep and lambs
Dry conditions in 2018 limited flock rebuilding nationally.
At June 2018, there were 71 million sheep and lambs in Australia (down 2%), including:
Increased numbers of pigs in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia were offset by falls in New South Wales and Victoria in 2017-18.
At June 2018, there were 3 million pigs (up 2%) nationally. Of these there were:
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