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TAKE CARE - AGRICULTURAL WORKS AHEAD
The publication, Wheat Use and Stocks, Australia (cat. no. 7307.0), contains data of wheat grain stocks and use for selected manufacturing and agricultural businesses, licensed exporters and bulk grain handlers which is released monthly. Currently, this publication also includes quarterly estimates of stocks and use of barley and selected other grains and pulses. As a result of changing client needs and ongoing collection review, future issues will not include these data. In a little more detail .... changes were made to the September 2010 edition of this publication, which included data on stocks of barley and selected other grains and pulses only. Updated estimates of stocks of barley and selected other grains and pulses will be provided in the March 2011 edition of this publication. Data on use of barley and selected other grains and pulses will no longer be published. The publication of monthly data on wheat stocks, use and commitments will continue unchanged.
The Stocks of Grain Held by Bulk Handling Companies and Grain Traders, Australia (cat. no. 7122.0.55.001) publication is released monthly and will remain unchanged.
In other news, changes have recently been made to the collections that underpin the livestock slaughter and meat production estimates included in Livestock and Meat, Australia (cat. no. 7218.0.55.001) and Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0). Firstly, the small, stable component previously included in the estimates to account for the on-farm slaughter of livestock has been removed .... 'farm kill' now accounts for only a very small part of total slaughter and over time has proven increasingly more difficult to estimate accurately. Other changes have involved refinements to the weight-based definitions applied to calves and some pig categories. Further information about these changes can be found in the above-named publications.
An interesting fact
In medieval Europe, bread made from barley and rye was only thought fit to be food for the peasants, while wheat products were usually consumed by the upper classes. The earliest evidence of barley as a domestic grain dates back to around 8500 BC.
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