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7122.0.55.001 - Stocks of Grain Held by Bulk Handling Companies and Grain Traders, Australia, May 2007  
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This publication contains estimates of the quantity of grain held in grain storage facilities operated by the major bulk grain handling companies and grain traders in Australia as at 31 May 2007.


KEY POINTS


During the month of May, total stocks of grain declined 15% to 8.5 million tonnes, with falls in all major grain categories contributing to the change.


Graph: Stocks of Grain, Australia

Stocks of 'sorghum, other feed grain, and pulses' declined after a rise in the previous month. Wheat stocks fell by 1.1 million tonnes which was the largest absolute decrease in the reference month. Oats had the highest relative decrease, falling by 32% to 21,500 tonnes. Barley again experienced a significant decrease in stocks, with two thirds of this decrease in barley for feed.




STOCKS OF GRAIN HELD BY BULK HANDLING COMPANIES AND GRAIN TRADERS, AUSTRALIA



March 2007

April 2007

May 2007



'000 tonnes

'000 tonnes

'000 tonnes


Wheat





For milling


6,356.7

5,369.4

4,635.4

For feed and other purposes


1,677.0

1,561.3

1,238.4

Total wheat


8,033.7

6,930.7

5,873.7

Barley





For malting


1,139.2

1,013.5

877.3

For feed and other purposes


1,238.8

1,000.8

735.4

Total barley


2,377.9

2,014.3

1,612.7

Oats


39.3

31.8

21.5

Triticale


19.8

17.7

15.3

Oilseeds


521.5

407.5

388.6

Sorghum, other feed grains and pulses


593.0

609.2

585.3

Total grains other than wheat and barley


1,173.6

1,066.2

1,010.7

Total all grains


11,585.2

10,011.2

8,497.1

Note: The reference period relates to the last day of the month.

NOTES

GENERAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT


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ABS DATA AVAILABLE ON REQUEST


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ROUNDING


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

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