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7122.0.55.001 - Stocks of Grain Held by Bulk Handling Companies and Grain Traders, Australia, Mar 2007  
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This publication contains estimates of the quantity of grain held in grain storage facilities operated by the major bulk grain handling companies and grain traders in Australia as at 31 March 2007.


KEY POINTS


The total quantity of grain held in storage facilities operated by the major bulk grain handling companies at 31 March 2007 was 11.6 million tonnes. This decrease of 1.5 million tonnes, or 11.5%, from the February level was the result of continuing decreases in stocks of most grain types. Wheat had the largest absolute decrease of 1.0 million tonnes.


Graph: Stocks of Grain, Australia

Following a considerable fall during the previous month, stocks of grain in the category of sorghum, other feed grains and pulses remained steady in March as the summer harvest arrived. Current stocks of total grain are similar to that held at 31 March 2003 (13.0 million tonnes), but are less than half of the stocks held on 31 March 2004 (25.2 million tonnes).


STOCKS OF GRAIN HELD BY BULK HANDLING COMPANIES AND GRAIN TRADERS, AUSTRALIA



January 2007

February 2007

March 2007



'000 tonnes

'000 tonnes

'000 tonnes


Wheat





For milling


8,015.0

7,094.5

6,356.7

For feed and other purposes


2,192.4

1,955.0

1,677.0

Total wheat


10,207.4

9,049.5

8,033.7

Barley





For malting


1,426.6

1,258.1

1,139.2

For feed and other purposes


1,689.4

1,533.4

1,238.8

Total barley


3,116.0

2,791.5

2,377.9

Oats


56.8

48.2

39.3

Triticale


28.0

23.6

19.8

Oilseeds


645.1

578.4

521.5

Sorghum, other feed grains and pulses


733.6

592.2

593.0

Total grains other than wheat and barley


1,463.5

1,242.4

1,173.6

Total all grains


14,786.9

13,083.4

11,585.2

Note: The reference period relates to the last day of the month.


NOTES


GENERAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT


1
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RELATED PUBLICATIONS


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Current publications and other products released by the ABS are listed in the Catalogue of Publications and Products (cat. no. 1101.0). The Catalogue is available from any ABS office or the ABS web site. The ABS also issues a daily Release Advice on the web site which details products to be released in the week ahead.


ABS DATA AVAILABLE ON REQUEST


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As well as the statistics included in this and related publications, the ABS may have other relevant data available on request. Inquiries should be made to Karen Connaughton on Canberra 02 6252 5337.

ROUNDING


4
Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.

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