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SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
Increases in the production of many broadacre crops (following the drought conditions of 2007-08) were offset by price declines in 2008-09, resulting in decreased gross values.
In 2008-09 there was a $729.1 million increase in the value of wheat for grain. Cotton values returned to pre 2007-08 levels, nearly tripling to $650.8 million, and the value of canola increased by 54%, up to $1.0 billion. In contrast, the decline in crop value was highlighted by falls in the gross values of barley (down by 18%), grain sorghum (down by 43%) and hay (down by 43%).
Falls in production and average prices for grapes in 2008-09 contributed to their reduced gross value, decreasing by 28% to $1.2 billion.
Livestock slaughterings and other disposals
In 2008-09, live animal exports contributed to a 1% increase in the total value of cattle and calves slaughterings and other disposals, up to $7.5 billion.
Increases in the average prices of sheep and lambs in 2008-09 offset the continued decline in slaughterings. The gross total value of sheep and lamb slaughterings and other disposals rose by 15% to $2.5 billion.
The gross total value of pig slaughterings and other disposals declined to $894.7 million (down by 1%) after falling production levels were recorded in 2008-09.
The gross total value of poultry slaughterings rose by 14% to $1.9 billion in 2008-09, following increases in production and average prices.
In 2008-09, there were falls in the total value of production of both wool and milk, with noticeable decreases in average prices. The value of milk fell by 13% to $4.0 billion and wool was down by 22% to $1.8 billion.
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