7123.4.55.001 - Agricultural State Profile, South Australia, 2006-07  
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There were an estimated 15,816 businesses undertaking agricultural activity in South Australia at 30 June 2007. A large number were engaged in grain growing, with an estimated 2,766 engaged in this as their main activity.

An estimated 50.1 million hectares or 51% of South Australia's land area (98.3 million hectares) was used for agricultural activity in 2006-07. Just under 9% of South Australia's agricultural land was used for cropping.

BUSINESSES WITH AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITY, South Australia, at 30 June 2007(a)

Industry
Number

Grain growing
2 766
Grain-sheep/grain-beef cattle farming
2 437
Grape growing
2 250
Beef cattle farming (specialised)
1 501
Sheep farming (specialised)
1 456
All other industries
5 405
Total all industries
15 816

(a) Refers to farm establishments with an estimated value of agricultural operations of $5,000 or more.
Source: Agricultural Commodities, Australia (cat. no. 7121.0).


In 2006-07, South Australia had the largest vineyard area and greatest grape production of any state and the second largest citrus industry. South Australia is also a significant vegetable producer with the main vegetable crops grown including potatoes, onions and carrots. South Australia is a major grain grower, accounting for more barley production than most other states in recent years.

PRINCIPAL CROPS, South Australia, 2006-07

Production
'000 t
Area
'000 ha
Yield
t/ha

Wheat
1 446
2 173
0.7
Barley
996
1 193
0.8
Grapes(a)
586
73
8.4
Potatoes
364
9
39.0
Onions
91
2
50.0
Carrots
65
1
68.0

(a) Yield represents the quantity of grapes produced per hectare of bearing vines.
Source: Agricultural Commodities, Australia (cat. no. 7121.0).


In 2006-07, the gross value of agricultural production for South Australia was $3.7 billion, a decrease of 16.3% on 2005-06. Crop production contributed $2,247.7m or 60.9% of the total value of agricultural production, while livestock slaughterings and disposals were valued at $895.0m (24.3%) and livestock products were valued at $547.1m (14.8%).


GROSS VALUE OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, South Australia

Total crops(a)

($m)
Total livestock slaughterings &
other disposals
($m)
Total livestock products

($m)
Total
agriculture

($m)

2005-06
3 093.6
845.8
469.7
4 409.2
2006-07
2 247.7
895.0
547.1
3 689.8

(a) Includes pastures and grasses, vegetables, fruits and nuts.
Source: Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia (cat. no. 7503.0).


This section contains the following subsection :
      Agriculture and the economy
      Livestock and livestock products
      Land management and water use
      Fruit
      Broadacre crops
      Vegetables

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