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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2003  
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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 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 16.11 provides information on the numbers and types of establishments undertaking agricultural activity at 30 June 2000.


16.11 ESTABLISHMENTS UNDERTAKING AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITY - At 30 June 2000

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

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
43,063
36,988
30,367
15,712
13,653
4,324
361
93
144,560
Other industries
591
316
331
193
265
106
6
3
1,811
Total
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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