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7122.0.55.001 - Stocks of Grain Held by Bulk Handling Companies and Grain Traders, Australia, Dec 2008 Quality Declaration 
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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 December 2008.


KEY POINTS


The quantity of grain held in storage facilities operated by the major bulk grain handling companies at 31 December 2008 was 22.1 million tonnes. This is an increase of 42% over the December 2007 level of grain stocks with the major contributor wheat up nearly 5.5 million tonnes, a 60% increase. Also, combined stocks of oats, triticale, sorghum, other feed grains and pulses are over double the December 2007 level while oilseeds are 51% higher. Stocks of barley however are down 7%.

Graph; Stocks of grain, December 2006-08



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


Dec. 2008




'000 tonnes




Wheat




For milling

12 309.6



For feed and other purposes

2 180.3



Total wheat

14 489.9



Barley




For malting

1 796.5



For feed and other purposes

2 613.0



Total barley

4 409.5



Grains other than wheat and barley




Oats, triticale, sorghum, other feed grains and pulses

1 738.1



Oilseeds

1 472.5



Total grains other than wheat and barley

3 210.6



Total all grains

22 110.1







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


NOTES

GENERAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT


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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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