SUMMARY OF FINDINGS INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
NUMBER OF AGRICULTURAL BUSINESSES
The 2007-08 ARMS found that the number of businesses undertaking agricultural activity at 30 June 2008 had fallen by 6% to 141 thousand businesses.
The beef cattle farming industry was the largest sector, comprising around 33% of all agricultural businesses. Grain growers were the next largest sector at 11%, followed by the mixed farming sector (grain-sheep/beef cattle) at 10%. Notably, the number of specialised sheep farmers, and sheep-beef cattle farmers has decreased by 9% and 14% respectively.
The Survey also found that there were an estimated 15 thousand non-agricultural businesses who undertook agricultural activity during 2007-08.