7121.0 - Agricultural Commodities, Australia, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
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BUSINESSES WITH AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITY

Table 2 of this publication categorises businesses with agricultural activity into the industry that represents the business' main activity, using the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 edition.

The 2009-10 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) revealed that the number of businesses undertaking agricultural activity had fallen to a total of 134,000 businesses. This represents a 1% decrease compared with 2008-09.

The beef cattle farming industry remained the largest sector in 2009-10, comprising nearly a third of businesses classified to the agriculture industry.

Notable movements in 2009-10 were the decrease in the number of businesses with agricultural activity in sheep/beef cattle farming, down 12%, and a 10% increase in dairy cattle farming since 2008-09.

The number of non-agricultural businesses which undertook agricultural activity during 2009-10 decreased by 7% to an estimated 14,000 businesses.