BROADACRE CROPS, Australia, year ended 30 June 2016
Change in production since
Change in area since
LIVESTOCK, Australia, year ended 30 June 2016
Number on holding
Change in number on holding since
Sheep and lambs
(a) Percentage change since 2014-15 is calculated using estimates with an EVAO of $40,000 or greater.
CHANGE IN COLLECTION SCOPE
The scope for the 2015-16 Agricultural Census was all agricultural businesses with an Estimated Value of Agricultural Operations (EVAO) of $40,000 or greater. This is a change from previous ABS rural environment and agricultural collections, where a scope of EVAO of $5,000 or greater was used. This change was foreshadowed in February 2016 in Agricultural Census: Nature and Content, 2015-16 (cat. no 7100.1).
The 2014-15 estimates presented in this publication have been revised to use the new scope of $40,000 or greater.
For more information about EVAO and the change in scope, refer to the Explanatory Notes within this release.
PRELIMINARY KEY POINTS
Improving growing conditions and water access have resulted in an increase in cotton production from 2014-15. Nationally, cotton production increased 48% to 616.6 million kilograms, driven by a 63% increase in New South Wales production, up from 253.8 to 413.4 million kilograms
National barley production increased 2% to 8.6 million tonnes driven by increases in areas sown and favourable growing conditions in New South Wales (up 33% to 2.4 million tonnes) and Queensland (up 61% to 387,000 tonnes). These large increases were partly offset by falls in Western Australia (down 2% to 3.1 million tonnes), South Australia (down 14% to 1.6 million tonnes) and Victoria (down 20% to 1.1 million tonnes).
Production of oats increased 13% to 1.3 million tonnes, with many regions increasing areas sown following increased domestic demand and prices. Favourable growing conditions resulted in increased production in most states, including New South Wales (up 18% to 381,000 tonnes), Victoria (up 20% to 193,000 tonnes) and South Australia (up 25% to 110,000 tonnes). Western Australia had a large increase in the areas sown (up 26%) however poorer yields resulted in a production increase of 6% to 581,600 tonnes.
Footnote(s): (a) Data for 2015-16 are preliminary and may be subject to revision Principal Agricultural Commodities, Australia, Preliminary (cat. no. 7111.0)