Why can’t farmers convert their land from red meat production to produce crops and vegetables?
Due to Australia's unique geological, topographic and climatic factors it is not viable to convert the majority of grazing land to crop and vegetable production.
Although Australian livestock enterprises cover over 50% of Australia’s land mass (>4.2 million square kilometres), much of this consists of extensive rangelands and semi-arid areas. Cattle and sheep farming is the most efficient use of this land for producing highly nutritious protein. Because of geological, topographic and climatic factors, less than 8% of Australia’s land is suitable for crop production.