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Broadacre crop production up, livestock numbers down
Compared to the previous year, production of many broadacre crops increased slightly while livestock numbers declined, according to 2009-10 figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today.
Production of wheat, oats and canola increased slightly when compared to 2008-09. Cotton lint and rice production continued to improve, though rice production remains at historically low levels. Sorghum production fell to 1.5 million tonnes, due mainly to a 35% decrease in area planted.
Meat cattle numbers fell to 24 million from 2008-09 and dairy cattle numbers have continued their decline since industry deregulation, falling to 2.5 million head.
Sheep numbers remain at their lowest level since 1905 and pig numbers have remained steady, but at decade-low levels.
Key crop movements:
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