7122.0.55.001 - Stocks of Grain Held by Bulk Handling Companies and Grain Traders, Australia, Jul 2011 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/08/2011
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone (03) 6222 5939.
At the end of July 2011, Australia's bulk storage of wheat grain was estimated at 11.4 million tonnes. This represents a decrease of around 1.9 million tonnes (14%) of wheat grain stored when compared to June 2011. Stocks of wheat grain are up by 3.5 million tonnes (45%) on the July 2010 total.
All states reported decreases in stocks of wheat grain compared to June 2011. Although New South Wales and South Australia had the most significant falls, with 480 thousand tonnes and 513 thousand tonnes respectively, both of these states also held the largest amounts of wheat grain stored in July 2011. New South Wales had 4.5 million tonnes and South Australia held 2.7 million tonnes.
Compared to July 2010, there were significant increases in July 2011, with New South Wales (up by 3 million tonnes) and Victoria (up by 1.5 million tonnes) being the major contributors. Western Australia and Queensland had the only downturns in stocks held, with falls of 1.5 million tonnes and 37 thousand tonnes respectively.
Poor seasonal harvest conditions continued to contribute to a lower quality yield of wheat grain in July 2011. Of the total wheat grain stored by bulk grain handlers, milling grade accounted for 6.1 million tonnes (53%) and feed grade 5.4 million tonnes (47%). This compares to 7.0 million tonnes (89%) for milling and 875 thousand tonnes (11%) for feed in July 2010.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.
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