7501.0 - Value of Principal Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, Preliminary, 2016-17 Quality Declaration 
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VALUE OF PRINCIPAL AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES PRODUCED, Australia, Preliminary, year ended 30 June 2017



Value
Change in value since 2015-16
$m
%

CROPS (a)
Barley
2 523.5
10.8
Grain sorghum
223.3
-54.6
Oats
512.2
28.7
Wheat
7 003.3
13.5
Canola
2 277.5
54.3

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERINGS AND OTHER DISPOSALS
Cattle and calves
12 139.3
-7.2
Sheep and lambs (a)
3 564.8
10.0
Pigs
1 342.0
-0.8
Poultry
2 728.9
-0.7

LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS
Wool
3 457.8
16.6
Milk
3898.4
-9.0
Total principal agriculture
39 671.0
3.1

(a) Excludes value of wool on skins


PRELIMINARY KEY POINTS
  • The gross value of wheat increased nationally by 14% to $7 billion. All states with the exception of Western Australia (WA), Queensland and Tasmania exhibited an increase. WA, Australia's largest producing state, exhibited a 5% decrease, despite a slight increase in yield and production compared with 2015-16.
  • At a national level the gross value of sorghum decreased by 55% to $223 million compared with 2015-16. The greatest decline was observed in Queensland which fell 57% to $135 million. The national decrease can be attributed to a number of factors including a 29% decrease in area planted and a 21% decrease in yield compared with the previous season.
  • The gross value of canola increased by 54% to $2.3 billion from 2015-16 estimates due to increased production (up by 47% to 4 million tonnes).
  • The national gross value of oats increased by 29% from 2015-16 to $512 million. The gross value of oats increased in all states, especially in WA (up by 11% to $207 million) and Victoria (up by 107% to $124 million). These increases were production driven.
  • Nationally, the gross value of cattle and calves fell by 7% to $12.1 billion as beef farmers seek to rebuild herd sizes and stock is held back from slaughtering and meat production.
  • The gross value of sheep and lambs increased by 10% nationally to $3.6 billion following excellent pasture growth in Australia's major sheep producing regions which resulted in sharp increases in flock rebuilding, greater retention of sheep and lambs and lower slaughter numbers.
  • The gross value for wool increased by 17% from 2015-16 estimate to $3.5 billion. Favourable conditions over the winter of 2016 in most parts of Australia helped improve production heading in to 2017.

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Annotation(s): Data for 2016-17 are preliminary and may be subject to revision

Source(s): Value of Principal Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, Preliminary 2016-17

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Annotation(s): Data for 2016-17 are preliminary and may be subject to revision

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