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7111.0 - Principal Agricultural Commodities, Australia, Preliminary, 2007-08  
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3 MANAGEMENT RESPONSE TO ADVERSE SEASONAL CONDITIONS(a), by State - 2007-08

2008
NSW(b)
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
Aust.

AGRICULTURAL BUSINESSES

Total (no.)
45 654
34 442
29 790
15 304
13 392
4 214
585
143 379
Experiencing adverse seasonal conditions (no.)
40 863
30 550
24 820
13 072
7 268
3 099
^375
120 046
Experiencing adverse seasonal conditions (%)(c)
89.5
88.7
83.3
85.4
54.3
73.5
64.0
83.7

LIVESTOCK RELATED RESPONSES (%)(d)

De-stocked
61.9
58.5
57.3
42.3
51.9
61.0
*22.7
57.2
Bought in and/or used on-farm fodder reserves
48.9
52.4
37.3
40.1
45.3
51.5
**5.5
46.2
Modified livestock program
22.2
18.8
15.6
18.7
28.3
^23.0
**4.9
20.0
Changed pasture species
8.5
13.1
6.5
^6.1
^6.7
^11.8
**3.4
9.0
Total reporting any livestock related response(e)
79.6
79.0
69.5
60.5
72.9
83.1
^30.0
74.8

CROPPING RELATED RESPONSES (%)(d)

Changed area of crop/plants sown and/or harvested
19.8
19.8
17.0
19.9
33.8
^18.4
*8.9
20.0
Modified cropping/planting program
20.6
17.4
18.2
19.6
32.6
^15.9
**5.9
19.7
Implemented moisture conserving practices
27.2
20.7
17.4
26.7
34.4
^14.7
**3.7
23.5
Installed crop/plant protection measures
^2.3
^2.9
^1.7
^2.5
^4.2
^7.1
**2.2
2.6
Total reporting any cropping related response(f)
43.5
40.5
33.9
45.6
59.6
36.7
*15.1
41.7

WATER RELATED RESPONSES (%)(d)

Bought in and/or used on-farm water
20.9
31.6
22.0
24.3
21.8
33.7
**2.1
24.5
Modified irrigation program
12.3
21.3
17.4
26.3
^8.6
^18.5
*11.4
17.1
Reduced area irrigated
9.3
17.7
14.3
10.8
^4.5
^21.6
*0.7
12.6
Changed water source
^3.6
^5.1
^4.0
^5.3
^3.5
^6.0
-
4.3
Improved on-farm water use efficiency
20.2
25.9
22.4
22.1
25.6
26.3
*25.3
22.8
Total reporting any water related response(g)
43.4
57.8
52.3
49.2
46.0
60.0
^38.5
50.1

FINANCIAL RELATED RESPONSES (%)(d)

Undertook debt restructuring
17.5
15.1
16.6
18.0
20.9
^14.4
*12.2
16.9
Utilised Farm Management Deposits
12.5
13.6
15.9
16.5
18.5
^6.9
**1.6
14.1
Utilised other financial reserves and/or increased business liabilities
30.5
29.8
26.5
36.0
35.3
27.1
^24.9
30.3
Obtained and/or increase off-farm work
28.5
24.8
30.2
30.5
24.5
26.3
^41.3
27.9
Accepted Exceptional Circumstances assistance
27.5
27.7
20.0
19.8
5.4
^8.0
**12.1
23.2
Accepted other government assistance
12.9
13.1
11.5
^8.8
^4.8
^5.8
*17.1
11.6
Total reporting any financial related response(h)
69.5
67.9
70.7
70.5
65.8
58.0
^61.1
68.9

^ estimate has a relative standard error of 10% to less than 25% and should be used with caution
* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Data are preliminary and may be subject to revision.
(b) Includes ACT.
(c) The number of agricultural businesses experiencing adverse seasonal conditions as a percentage of total agricultural businesses.
(d) The number of agricultural businesses reporting a specific management response to adverse seasonal conditions as a percentage of the total reporting any adverse seasonal conditions.
(e) The number of agricultural businesses reporting at least one livestock related response to adverse seasonal conditions as a percentage of the total reporting any adverse seasonal conditions.
(f) The number of agricultural businesses reporting at least one cropping related response to adverse seasonal conditions as a percentage of the total reporting any adverse seasonal conditions.
(g) The number of agricultural businesses reporting at least one water related response to adverse seasonal conditions as a percentage of the total reporting any adverse seasonal conditions.
(h) The number of agricultural businesses reporting at least one financial related response to adverse seasonal conditions as a percentage of the total reporting any adverse seasonal conditions.



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