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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/01/2002   
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Contents >> Agriculture >> Characteristics of Australian farms

In 1999-2000 there were 146,371 establishments undertaking agricultural activity with an estimated value of agricultural operations (EVAO) greater than $5,000. For the majority of these establishments (144,560) their primary activity was agriculture. While the remainder were undertaking some form of agricultural activity, their main activity was not in agriculture. The majority of agricultural establishments were engaged in either beef cattle farming (35,236), mixed grain/sheep/beef farming (18,232), grain growing (16,463), sheep farming (14,302) or dairy cattle farming (13,820).

Table 16.4 provides information on the numbers and types of establishments undertaking agricultural activity at 30 June 2000.


16.4 ESTABLISHMENTS UNDERTAKING AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITY - At 30 June 2000

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Establishments mainly engaged in agriculture industries
Agriculture
- Plant nurseries
974
395
754
131
163
56
16
6

2,496
- Cut flower and flower seed growing
295
260
206
131
177
59
6
-
1,134
- Vegetable growing
986
1,099
1,455
573
584
602
13
2
5,313
- Grape growing
1,175
2,233
*143
2,406
474
85
3
3
6,522
- Apple and pear growing
233
374
117
118
246
140
-
1
1,229
- Stone fruit growing
465
250
104
252
165
*20
-
-
1,257
- Kiwi fruit growing
1
**
*3
-
**
-
-
-
*20
- Fruit growing n.e.c.
2,001
498
2,267
571
309
57
90
-
5,794
- Grain growing
4,206
3,181
2,112
3,653
3,282
24
3
1
16,463
- Grain-sheep/beef cattle farming
7,205
3,380
1,730
2,757
3,113
46
-
1
18,232
- Sheep-beef cattle farming
4,036
2,471
804
939
618
363
-
22
9,253
- Sheep farming
5,457
4,521
576
1,567
1,438
719
-
24
14,302
- Beef cattle farming
10,806
8,528
11,458
990
2,131
1,088
211
24
35,236
- Dairy cattle farming
1,943
8,133
1,842
770
386
743
1
2
13,820
- Poultry farming (meat)
351
197
145
78
64
10
1
-
845
- Poultry farming (eggs)
131
108
128
47
73
13
5
2
508
- Pig farming
328
193
340
147
111
24
1
-
1,145
- Horse farming
770
452
499
109
126
59
2
4
2,021
- Deer farming
*56
*75
**
*29
**
*16
-
-
196
- Livestock farming n.e.c.
415
*262
*202
*118
107
*54
1
-
1,158
- Sugar cane growing
489
-
4,534
-
*5
-
-
-
5,029
- Cotton growing
490
-
484
-
1
-
-
-
974
- Crop and plant growing n.e.c.
248
369
455
326
61
146
8
1
1,614
Total agriculture
43,063
36,988
30,367
15,712
13,653
4,324
361
93
144,560
Establishments mainly engaged in other industries, but also with some agricultural activity
591
316
331
193
265
106
6
3
1,811
Total establishments undertaking agricultural activity
43,654
37,304
30,698
15,905
13,917
4,430
367
96
146,371

Source: Agricultural Commodities, Australia, 1999-2000 (7121.0).


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