Around 9,000 agricultural businesses reported undertaking some sort of animal waste management practice across Australia. Just over 59% of these reported collecting dry manure, and 47% reported uncovered wet manure flushing.
Most dry manure collection occurred in Victoria and New South Wales, representing 33% and 30% of Australia's total respectively. The most common method of dry manure collection was to collect the manure into piles, then spread it onto the paddock. In total, 70% of agricultural businesses collecting dry manure followed this method, while 45% turned it into compost.
Footnote(s): (a) Includes ACT. (b) Zero values may represent data that is not available for publication due to confidentiality restrictions.
Animal waste management practices were most commonly undertaken by agricultural businesses in the Temperate Coast East region (2,100 businesses) and the Wheatbelt East region (1,400 businesses). The Temperate Coast East region had the highest percentage of businesses undertaking these practices (with 17% of agricultural businesses), whereas the percentage fell to less than 1% in the Arid region (see map below).
Around 1,200 businesses in the Temperate Coast East region undertook uncovered wet manure flushing and around 1,000 businesses collected dry manure in that region.
Covered wet manure flushing was undertaken in 11 AAE regions, with 60 agricultural businesses in the Wheatbelt East region reporting this practice, followed by 50 agricultural businesses in the Temperate Highlands region.
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