7111.0 - Principal Agricultural Commodities, Australia, Preliminary, 2010-11
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/11/2011
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Crops and livestock make good recoveries in 2011.
Sheep and lamb numbers show signs of recovery in 2010-11, according to preliminary estimates from the 2011 Agriculture Census released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today.
The main reasons for the improvement were better seasonal conditions, high prices and strong demand.
Total cattle numbers have also increased, with meat cattle experiencing a slightly better recovery than milk cattle.
The majority of crops also had production increases, mainly due to the benefits of improved seasonal conditions and increased rainfall.
However, sugar cane was the notable exception, with loss of production due to the effects of flooding and Tropical Cyclone Yasi being major factors.
Cotton and rice production almost doubled and trebled respectively, largely because of the increased availability of irrigation water.
Drought conditions in Western Australia have impacted greatly and as a result, both production and livestock numbers have declined.
Preliminary figures from the Agricultural Census are at the State/Territory level. The final estimates will be released from June 2012, including additional datacubes for regional geographies and Natural Resource Management regions.
Further details are in Principal Agricultural Commodities, Australia (Preliminary) 2010-11 (cat. no. 7111.0).
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