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7122.0.55.001 - Stocks of Grain Held by Bulk Handling Companies and Grain Traders, Australia, Jun 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/07/2004   
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ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

This publication contains estimates of the quantity of grain stored in grain storage facilities operated by bulk grain handling companies and major grain traders in Australia as at 30 June 2004.


KEY POINTS

The total quantity of grain held in storage facilities operated by bulk grain handling companies and major grain traders at 30 June 2004 was 16,678,000 tonnes, a 34% reduction on the revised 31 March 2004 level of 25,171,100 tonnes, but still nearly double the stocks held at 30 June 2003.

Over the three month period to 30 June 2004, wheat stocks declined 35%, from 16,613,000 tonnes to 10,715,500 tonnes. Barley stocks also declined by 33% from 6,142,000 tonnes to 4,111,400 tonnes. The quantity of oats stocks fell by 27% to 174,400 tonnes in the three months to 30 June 2004.


STOCKS OF GRAIN HELD BY BULK HANDLING COMPANIES AND GRAIN TRADERS, AUSTRALIA
June 2003
Sept. 2003
Dec. 2003
March 2004(a)
June 2004
'000 tonnes
'000 tonnes
'000 tonnes
'000 tonnes
'000 tonnes

Wheat
For milling
4,606.5
2,265.2
17,084.0
r 13,577.5
9,168.4
For feed and other purposes
1,361.5
576.0
3,425.1
r 3,035.5
1,547.0
Total wheat
5,968.0
2,841.2
20,509.3
r 16,613.0
10,715.5
Barley
For malting
838.5
502.4
2,968.8
r 2.489.4
1,690.2
For feed and other purposes
872.9
417.1
4,874.7
r 3,652.6
2,421.2
Total barley
1,711.4
919.4
7,843.5
r 6,142.0
4,111.4
Oats
64.2
39.5
288.7
239.4
174.4
Triticale
19.9
6.3
83.0
125.9
84.7
Other feed grains, pulses and oilseeds
843.8
521.7
2,535.5
2,050.8
1,592.1
Total all grains
8,607.3
4,328.1
31,260.1
r 25,171.1
16,678.0


Note: The reference period relates to the last day of the month
(a) "r" indicates a revision of previously released data.



NOTES


GENERAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT

1 ABS publications draw extensively on information provided freely by individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations. Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated: without it, the wide range of statistics published by the ABS would not be available. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act 1905.


RELATED PUBLICATIONS

2 Current publications and other products released by the ABS are listed in the Catalogue of Publications and Products, Australia (cat. no. 1101.0). The Catalogue is available from any ABS office or the ABS web site. The ABS also issues a daily Release Advice on the web site which details products to be released in the week ahead.


ABS DATA AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

3 As well as the statistics included in this and related publications, the ABS may have other relevant data available on request. Inquiries should be made to Jim Williamson on Canberra 02 6252 5830.

ROUNDING

4 Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.

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