Sheepish performance: Revenue has been volatile, and pricing pressures have threatened profitability

The performance of the Live Animal Wholesaling industry has been highly volatile over the past decade due to a wide range of factors. The industry is strongly influenced by demand for cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry and horses from farms. These farms often purchase breeding animals and then use these to breed more animals. Live animal wholesalers also purchase animals to sell on to other businesses, such as slaughterhouses and meat processing firms. However, some of these downstream industries are vertically integrated with farms, which limits industry demand by facilitating wholesale bypass. As a result of this, only a limited number of animals pass through animal more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Volatile animal feed and livestock prices have contributed to strong fluctuations in revenue
  • Live animal exports have fallen over the past five years due to concerns over conditions during transport
  • A recent government proposal to ban live animal export for slaughter could dent industry demand
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Live Animal Wholesaling industry is in the mature stage of its life cycle. Over the 10 years through 2024-25, industry value added (IVA), a measure of the industry's contribution to the overall economy, is expected to increase at a compound annual rate of 3.9%, while GDP is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 1.5% over the same period. This suggests the industry is expanding at a faster pace than the economy. While this implies the industry is in the growth stage of its life cycle, IVA has been skewed by high revenue volatility over the period. In particular, 2014-15 was a bad year for the industry, as it recorded low revenue which contributed towards weak IVA over the year...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Live Animal Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Live Animal Wholesaling Industry are

  • Ability to avoid wholesale bypass
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Having a diverse range of clients
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from dairy cattle raising and Demand from poultry raising in the Live Animal Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Live Animal Wholesaling Industry?

    Firms in this industry wholesale live animals to farms, abattoirs and other animal-processing companies.

    Industry Products
  • Cattle
  • Sheep
  • Pigs
  • Poultry
  • Horses
  • Other animals
  • Industry Activities
  • Wholesaling live animals
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from dairy cattle raising
  • Demand from poultry raising
  • Demand from sheep farming
  • Demand from meat processing
  • Demand from poultry meat processing
  • Animal feed prices

  • Current Performance
  • Consumer trends
  • Contamination concerns
  • Welfare concerns
  • Meat exports
  • Pricing pressures
  • Input prices
  • Profit and market structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Domestic trends
  • Regulatory concerns
  • EU influences
  • Market structure and profit
  • Table: Live Animal Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Live Animal Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Dairy Cattle Raising
  • Sheep Farming
  • Poultry Raising
  • Meat Processing
  • Poultry Meat Processing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Dairy Cattle Raising
  • Pig Farming
  • Poultry Raising
  • Sheep Farming

  • Products & Services
  • Cattle
  • Pigs
  • Sheep
  • Poultry
  • Other animals
  • Horses
  • Chart: Live Animal Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Consumer preferences
  • Public opinion and media
  • Disease and weather
  • Vertical integration and wholesale bypass

  • Major Markets
  • Domestic farms
  • Exports
  • Abattoirs
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Live Animal Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Live Animal Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Live Animal Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Live Animal Wholesaling Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Live Animal Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Marketing (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (Bse)
  • Also known as mad-cow disease, BSE causes a spongy degeneration of the brain in cattle. It is often spread when cattle are fed the remains of other cattle and animals.
  • Compartmentalisation
  • An initiative designed to facilitate the export of chicks and eggs from approved farms in the event of an outbreak of Notifiable Avian Influenza or Newcastle Disease.
  • Foot-And-Mouth Disease
  • A disease that affects hoofed farm animals. Infected animals develop blisters in the mouth and on the feet, which can lead to lameness.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • When farms bypass live animal wholesalers and purchase live animals directly from other farms.
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