Which Country Produces the Most Sheep Meat?

Sheep Meat Production (kt), 2017
Agriculture | March 9, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 163 countries in 2017, China ranked the highest in sheep meat production with 2,384 kt followed by Australia and New Zealand. On the other end of the scale was South Korea with 0.005 kt, Suriname with 0.013 kt and Costa Rica with 0.014 kt.

Total sheep meat production reached 9,498 kt in 2017 in the World according to Faostat. This is 0.715 % more than in the previous year and 8.02 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total sheep meat production reached an all time high of 9,498 kt in 2017 and an all time low of 4,930 kt in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 1.18 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 25.1 % of sheep meat production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 36.9 % share while the ten largest countries some 57.0 % in 2017.

Data for more countries are available at Sheep Meat Production indicator page.

Sheep Meat Production Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Algeria kt 253 261 280 281 270
Australia kt 517 554 660 721 721
China kt 2,044 2,045 2,081 2,184 2,248
India kt 247 242 238 235 232
Iran kt 272 275 260 276 314
Morocco kt 143 148 118 120 157
New Zealand kt 452 456 481 487 487
Pakistan kt 158 161 163 164 166
Russia kt 171 173 173 186 187
South Africa kt 146 156 178 184 168
Sudan kt 324 248 249 251 253
Syria kt 172 172 164 161 159
Turkey kt 253 272 294 318 336
United Kingdom kt 301 275 289 298 302
Uzbekistan kt 138 150 166 177 191