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4627.0 - Land Management and Farming in Australia, 2012-13 Quality Declaration 
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GROUND COVER MONITORING



In 2012-13:

  • Approximately three-quarters of all agricultural businesses in Australia reported having land used mainly for grazing on their holding (around 97,400 agricultural businesses). Of these, 54% reported that they monitored ground cover levels.
  • The most common method for monitoring ground cover by agricultural businesses was visual estimates, with 95% of businesses reporting using this method.


GROUND COVER MONITORING, Australia, year ended 30 June 2013


2012-13
Movement since
2011-12 (a)
no.
%

Businesses with land used mainly for grazing
97 363
-5
Businesses monitoring ground cover in paddocks
53 061
-35
Businesses' main method of monitoring ground cover
Visual estimates
50 180
-36
Step pointing
591
8
Photo monitoring
744
-3
Counting the number of plants within a defined area
996
22
Satellite imagery and remote sensing
198
204
Other methods
351
-55

(a) 2011-12 figures for calculating percentage changes are sourced from Land Management and Farming in Australia, 2011-12 (cat. no. 4627.0)

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