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At 30 June 2003 there were almost 133,000 establishments undertaking agricultural activity with an annual value of agricultural operations of $5,000 or more. For the majority of these establishments (131,609) 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 (36,208), grain growing (11,960), mixed grain/sheep/beef farming (17,104), sheep farming (13,250) or dairy cattle farming (11,003) (table 14.4).


14.4 ESTABLISHMENTS UNDERTAKING AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITY - 30 June 2003

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

Agriculture
Horticulture and fruit growing
Plant nurseries
773
309
530
123
168
45
21
5
1,974
Cut flower and flower seed growing
^241
^190
162
^65
^130
^39
6
-
833
Vegetable growing
720
905
1,379
422
468
490
7
4,391
Grape growing
1,157
2,111
^160
2,235
^588
^118
5
4
6,377
Apple and pear growing
^170
^254
*49
*113
^161
143
-
2
891
Stone fruit growing
426
355
*105
^217
^165
^42
-
-
1,309
Kiwi fruit growing
*33
**
-
-
**
-
-
-
*48
Fruit growing n.e.c.
1,984
^470
1,939
530
319
^33
115
-
5,390
Grain, sheep and beef cattle farming
Grain growing
2,598
2,639
1,446
3,277
1,970
*29
2
-
11,960
Grain-sheep/beef cattle farming
6,588
3,200
1,278
2,462
3,536
*40
-
1
17,104
Sheep-beef cattle farming
4,815
2,821
811
859
^478
290
-
23
10,097
Sheep farming
5,461
3,805
422
1,544
1,342
646
-
30
13,250
Beef cattle farming
11,753
7,923
11,878
1,241
2,003
1,183
206
21
36,208
Dairy cattle farming
1,602
6,615
1,258
591
360
575
1
1
11,003
Poultry farming
Poultry farming (meat)
312
164
117
63
64
^14
1
-
735
Poultry farming (eggs)
^141
*124
^74
^32
^62
^19
6
1
^457
Other livestock farming
Pig farming
300
^188
291
^113
^92
^22
2
-
1,009
Livestock farming n.e.c.(a)
^522
^427
*407
*102
^135
^37
4
3
^1,637
Other crop growing
Sugar cane growing
463
-
4,294
-
5
-
-
-
4,762
Cotton growing
^295
-
^225
-
-
-
-
-
520
Crop and plant growing n.e.c.
^227
^449
^675
^120
*58
112
12
-
1,655
Total agriculture industries
40,577
32,961
27,502
14,108
12,107
3,875
388
91
131,609
Other industries
^499
^265
^185
*153
^163
*96
10
3
1,374
Total
41,077
33,225
27,687
14,261
12,270
3,971
398
94
132,983

(a) Details relating to horse farming and deer farming are included in livestock farming n.e.c. and therefore estimates are not comparable with previous years.

Source: Agricultural Commodities, Australia, 2002-03 (7121.0).


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