7124.0 - Historical Selected Agriculture Commodities, by State (1861 to Present), 2010-11 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/03/2013
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The total number of milk cattle in Australia in 2011 was 2.6 million head, only 200 thousand head above the historical low of 2.4 million set in 1991. No state registered a major decrease or increase to the previous year.
Across most Australian states a similar pattern of change can be seen with the exception of Victoria and Tasmania. In Victoria, total milk cattle numbers peaked at 2 million in 2001 with the lowest number recorded in 1992 at 1.4 million. In Tasmania, total milk cattle numbers peaked at 247 thousand head in 1967 with the lowest number recorded in 1990 at 134 thousand head.
For more information and the history of the milk cattle/dairy industry in Australia please visit Year Book Australia, 2004, The Australian dairy industry (cat. no. 1301.0) and Dairy Australia, The Australian dairy industry