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7122.0.55.001 - Stocks of Grain Held by Bulk Handling Companies and Grain Traders, Australia, Apr 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/06/2007   
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This publication contains estimates of the quantity of grain held in grain storage facilities operated by the major bulk grain handling companies and grain traders in Australia as at 30 April 2007.


KEY POINTS


Stocks of grain continued to decline steadily, with total stocks falling by 1.6 million tonnes to an even 10 million tonnes. Most grain varieties declined with the exception of 'Sorguhm, other feed grain, and pulses' which increased by 16,000 tonnes, or 3%.


Graph: Stocks of Grain, Australia (a)



Wheat again experienced the biggest absolute decrease with a fall of 1.1 million tonnes, bringing stocks of wheat down to 6.9 million tonnes. Most of this decrease was caused by a 1 million tonne fall in stocks of 'milling' wheat. The biggest relative decrease was seen in the stocks of oilseeds which fell 22% to 408,000 tonnes. 'Barley for feed' decreased 238,000 tonnes, or 19% - a significant change on both counts.


STOCKS OF GRAIN HELD BY BULK HANDLING COMPANIES AND GRAIN TRADERS, AUSTRALIA



February 2007

March 2007

April 2007



'000 tonnes

'000 tonnes

'000 tonnes


Wheat





For milling


7,094.5

6,356.7

5,369.4

For feed and other purposes


1,955.0

1,677.0

1,561.3

Total wheat


9,049.5

8,033.7

6,930.7

Barley





For malting


1,258.1

1,139.2

1,013.5

For feed and other purposes


1,533.4

1,238.8

1,000.8

Total barley


2,791.5

2,377.9

2,014.3

Oats


48.2

39.3

31.8

Triticale


23.6

19.8

17.7

Oilseeds


578.4

521.5

407.5

Sorghum, other feed grains and pulses


592.2

593.0

609.2

Total grains other than wheat and barley


1,242.4

1,173.6

1,066.2

Total all grains


13,083.4

11,585.2

10,011.2

Note: The reference period relates to the last day of the month.


NOTES


GENERAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT


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ROUNDING


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Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.

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