7111.0.55.003 - Principal Agricultural Commodities, Australia, Preliminary, 2001-02  
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January 17, 2003
Embargoed 11:30am (AEST)

Large grain crops - Highlight of the 2001-2002 season

Cereal grain crop production was at or near record levels during the year prior to the drought according to preliminary 2001-2002 Agricultural Survey estimates released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Wheat production increased over the previous year by 12% to 24.9 million tonnes. The rise was largely due to increased production in Western Australia (up 36%) and South Australia (up 18%).

Barley production increased by 25% to 8.4 million tonnes. There were increased plantings and production in all major barley growing states.

The production of oats for grain increased by 37% to 1.4 million tonnes, with particularly large increases in New South Wales (up 35%), South Australia (up 46%) and Western Australia (up 79%).


Livestock numbers reduced over the year to 30 June 2002, with the exception of pig numbers which continued to increase.

Milk cattle numbers decreased by 4% to 3.1 million with decreases recorded in all states.

The meat cattle herd fell by 1.4% to 24.2 million head. Decreases in New South Wales (down 4.0%), Queensland (down 2.0%) and the Northern Territory (down 3.9%) were partially offset by increases in Victoria (up 3.6%), South Australia (up 5.8%) and Western Australia (up 1.8%).

The sheep and lamb flock decreased 2% to 108.6 million at 30 June 2002. The flock has decreased by 24 million (from 132.6 million) since 1993-94.

Pig numbers increased by 5% to 2.9 million head. There were large increases in Victoria (up 18%) and Western Australia (up 25%), partially offset by decreases in South Australia (down 7%) and New South Wales (down 3%).

(Note that these estimates relate to the year ended 30 June 2002, prior to the impact of the drought which now affects most areas of Australia).

Further details are in Principal Agricultural Commodities Australia (Preliminary) 2001-2002 (cat. no. 7111.055.003).