7111.0 - Principal Agricultural Commodities, Australia, Preliminary, 2015-16 Quality Declaration 
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PRELIMINARY KEY FIGURES
BROADACRE CROPS, Australia, year ended 30 June 2016


Production
Change in production since
Area
Change in area since
2014-15(a)
2014-15(a)
'000 t
%
'000 ha
%

Barley
8 632
2
3 963
-1
Grain sorghum
1 754
-18
517
-27
Oats
1 292
13
806
0
Wheat
21 895
-6
11 098
-9
Cotton
617
48
277
41


LIVESTOCK, Australia, year ended 30 June 2016


Number on holding
Change in number on holding since
'000
2014-15(a)
%

Meat cattle
22 068
-2
Sheep and lambs
67 353
-1

(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.



Graph Image for Crops(a), Australia

Footnote(s): (a) Data for 2015-16 are preliminary and may be subject to revision Principal Agricultural Commodities, Australia, Preliminary (cat. no. 7111.0)

Source(s): http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/7111.0

Graph Image for Livestock(a), Australia

Footnote(s): (a) Data for 2015-16 are preliminary and may be subject to revision Principal Agricultural Commodities, Australia, Preliminary (cat. no. 7111.0)

Source(s): http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/7111.0