Broadacre production down, livestock numbers steady: ABS (Media Release)
June 28, 2006
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Broadacre production down, livestock numbers steady: ABS
Production for many broadacre crops fell from the highs of the previous year, and livestock numbers remained steady, according to the most recent (2004-05) Agricultural Survey final estimates released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Results from the survey showed:
Wheat production fell by 16% to 21.9 million tonnes. The largest falls were reported in Western Australia (down 22%), Victoria (down 39%) and South Australia (down 25%).
Barley production fell by 25% to 7.7 million tonnes, with all states reporting falls.
Oat production fell by 36% to 1.3 million tonnes, with falls reported in the three main growing states of Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.
Cotton lint production rose by 78% to 563,000 tonnes, due to increased water availability for irrigation.
For fruit: grape production equalled the previous year's record of 2.0 million tonnes; orange production rose by 26% to 498,000 tonnes; and banana production rose by 3% to 266,000 tonnes.
For vegetables: potato production fell by 2% to 1.3 million tonnes; tomato production fell by 14% to 408,000 tonnes and carrot production rose by 4% to 316,000 tonnes.
Sheep and lamb numbers were unchanged at 101 million head. Decreases in New South Wales and South Australia were offset by increases in Victoria and Western Australia.
Meat cattle numbers rose slightly to 24.7 million, with increases in all states except New South Wales.
Milk cattle numbers remained steady at 3.1 million head. Increases reported in Victoria and Tasmania were offset by falls in all other states.
Pig numbers remained steady at 2.5 million head. Increases in New South Wales were offset by falls in all other states.
More details are in Agricultural Commodities, Australia 2004-05 (cat. no. 7121.0) available free of charge from the ABS web site <www.abs.gov.au>.
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