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7501.0 - Value of Principal Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, Preliminary, 1999-2000  
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  • Gross value of cattle and calf disposals up by 13% in 1999-2000 (Media Release)

MEDIA RELEASE

December 21, 2000
Embargoed 11:30am (AEST)
186/2000

Gross value of cattle and calf disposals up by 13% in 1999-2000

Increased prices saw the gross value of cattle and calves slaughtered rise by 13% to $5 billion in the 1999-2000 year, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

Preliminary estimates, compiled using the latest production data available from the Agricultural Commodity Survey for the year ended 30 June 2000, show that across all agricultural commodities, the gross value of Australian agricultural production was $29.9 billion. This was 4% higher than the previous year's figure of $28.9 billion.

The gross value of crops increased by 2% to $16.6 billion in 1999-2000. Increases were recorded in the gross value of wheat, up 12% to $4.5 billion as a result of increased production; cotton, up 17% to $1.6 billion as a result of increased production and prices; and canola, up 16% to $746 million with increased production more than offsetting a fall in prices. Falls were recorded in the gross value of most other major crops including sugar cane for crushing, down 15% to $886 million as a result of a fall in prices; rice, down 22% to $281 million as a result of lower production and prices; and grapes, down 5% to $1.1 billion as a result of lower prices.

The gross value of livestock slaughterings and other disposals increased by 9% to $7.9 billion as a result of increases in the value of cattle and calves slaughtered and an increase in the value of pigs slaughtered. These increases were a result of higher prices since production levels were down slightly. The gross value of poultry and sheep and lambs slaughtered remained steady with increased production levels offset by lower prices.

The gross value of livestock products remained steady at $5.4 billion. A 2% increase in the gross value of wool to $2.2 billion, a result of an increase in wool production, was offset by a 2% fall in the gross value of milk to $2.9 billion, which resulted from lower milk prices.

The preliminary estimate of the gross value of agricultural production increased in all States except South Australia, which recorded significant drops in the value of its major crops of wheat, barley and grapes, and in Tasmania which remained steady. New South Wales, with gross value of agricultural production of $8.2 billion, accounted for 27% of the value of Australian agricultural production and was the highest contributor among all States.

Further details are in Value of Principal Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia 1999-2000, Preliminary (cat. no. 7501.0) available from the ABS Bookshop. This media release and a summary of the main findings are available on this site. If you wish to purchase a copy of this publication contact the Abs bookshop in your capital city.

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