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7122.0.55.001 - Stocks of Grain Held by Bulk Handling Companies and Grain Traders, Australia, Jun 2011 Quality Declaration 
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August 2011
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27 September 2011
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ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

This publication provides estimates of stocks of wheat grain held by bulk grain handlers. These estimates are compiled from the Grain Handlers Stocks Survey (GHSS) conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

For more detailed information on wheat use and stocks, see Wheat Use and Stocks, Australia (cat. no. 7307.0).

The ABS welcomes any comments from readers regarding the usefulness, range and quality of the statistics presented in this publication. Comments can be forwarded to: Environment and Agriculture Business Statistics Centre, Australian Bureau of Statistics, GPO Box 66, Hobart TAS 7001. Alternatively, email: agriculture.statistics@abs.gov.au, or phone (03) 6222 5939.


KEY POINTS

At the end of June 2011, Australia's bulk storage of wheat grain was estimated at 13.4 million tonnes. This represents a decrease of around 2.0 million tonnes (13%) of wheat grain stored when compared to May 2011. Stocks of wheat grain were up by 3.5 million tonnes (35%) on the June 2010 total.

All states reported decreases in stocks of wheat grain compared to May 2011. Although New South Wales and South Australia had the most significant falls with 574 thousand tonnes and 512 thousand tonnes respectively, both of these states held the largest amounts of wheat grain stored in June 2011. New South Wales had 4.9 million tonnes and South Australia held 3.2 million tonnes.

The impact of heavy rain in Western Australia and Queensland over the year has led to lower storage levels compared to June 2010. Western Australia's wheat grain stored decreased by 45% to 2 million tonnes from June 2010, while Queensland fell by 5% over the year, down to 578 thousand tonnes.

The poor season and difficult harvest conditions continued to contribute to a lower quality yield of wheat grain in June 2011. Of the total wheat grain stored by bulk grain handlers, milling grade accounted for 7.3 million tonnes (54%) and feed grade 6.1 million tonnes (46%). This compares to 87% (8.6 million tonnes) for milling and 13% (1.2 million tonnes) for feed in June 2010.

STOCKS OF WHEAT GRAIN STORED BY BULK GRAIN HANDLERS, at month end

WHEAT GRAIN STORED BY STATE
WHEAT GRAIN STORED BY GRADE(a)
NSW(b)
Vic.(c)
Qld
SA
WA
Aust.
Milling
Feed
'000 t
'000 t
'000 t
'000 t
'000 t
'000 t
'000 t
'000 t

2009-10(d)
June
1 997
986
608
2 566
3 727
9 884
8 642
1 242
July
1 451
678
457
2 177
3 137
7 900
7 025
875
August
1 351
603
397
1 723
2 613
6 687
5 938
749
September(d)
972
487
320
1 393
1 943
5 115
4 530
585
2010-11(d)
October
567
300
193
898
1 482
3 440
3 066
374
November
2 687
218
1 105
906
3 534
8 450
6 316
2 134
December
5 974
2 048
1 217
4 044
4 927
18 210
11 308
6 902
January
7 825
3 426
1 150
5 415
4 346
22 162
12 468
9 694
February
7 010
3 343
1 066
5 105
3 847
20 371
11 551
8 820
March
6 661
3 085
929
4 589
3 476
18 740
10 280
8 460
April
6 169
3 162
838
4 229
2 909
17 307
9 487
7 820
May
5 509
2 912
772
3 747
2 355
15 295
8 354
6 941
June
4 935
2 556
578
3 235
2 061
13 365
7 254
6 111

(a) Wheat grain is graded by quality.
(b) Includes ACT.
(c) Includes Tas.
(d) The end of September is used to represent the closing stocks of wheat grain prior to the commencement of the next harvest period (October to September).



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