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Contents >> Chapter 14 - Agriculture >> Characteristics of Australian farms

CHARACTERISTICS OF AUSTRALIAN FARMS

At 30 June 2004 there were about 130,500 establishments undertaking agricultural activity with an annual value of agricultural operations of $5,000 or more. For the majority of these establishments (129,154) their primary activity was agriculture. While the remainder were undertaking some form of agricultural activity, their main activity was not in agriculture. The majority of agricultural establishments were mainly engaged in either beef cattle farming (35,501), mixed grain/sheep/beef farming (16,308), grain growing (14,614), sheep farming (12,018) or dairy cattle farming (10,359) (table 14.4).

14.4 ESTABLISHMENTS UNDERTAKING AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITY - 30 June 2004

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Agriculture
Horticulture and fruit growing
Plant nurseries
629
287
446
99
^135
^31
17
4
1,648
Cut flower and flower seed growing
^220
^169
^142
^52
^73
^24
5
-
685
Vegetable growing
761
920
1,247
406
445
509
8
-
4,297
Grape growing
1,240
2,058
^134
2,423
^563
^110
5
2
6,535
Apple and pear growing
^173
^368
*45
*95
^155
133
-
2
971
Stone fruit growing
435
301
*100
^206
^160
^42
-
-
1,244
Kiwi fruit growing
*23
3
**3
-
*4
-
-
-
*33
Fruit growing n.e.c.
1,700
^452
1,853
416
304
^39
111
-
4,875
Grain, sheep and beef cattle farming
Grain growing
3,717
3,143
1,530
3,528
2,673
^21
2
-
14,614
Grain-sheep/beef cattle farming
6,983
2,796
1,409
2,271
2,783
^64
-
2
16,308
Sheep-beef cattle farming
3,719
2,368
745
910
^460
318
-
22
8,541
Sheep farming
5,084
3,402
^274
1,406
1,241
583
-
28
12,018
Beef cattle farming
11,626
7,809
11,505
1,248
1,930
1,154
205
23
35,501
Dairy cattle farming
1,439
6,412
1,120
503
342
542
1
-
10,359
Poultry farming
Poultry farming (meat)
309
^217
122
60
59
^14
1
-
781
Poultry farming (eggs)
*174
*118
^63
^36
^59
^19
3
1
^474
Other livestock farming
Pig farming
238
^168
^258
^123
^57
^25
2
-
870
Horse farming
^615
^379
^541
*65
^89
*65
1
2
1,757
Livestock farming n.e.c.
^222
*279
*156
*64
*67
*14
3
1
^807
Other crop growing
Sugar cane growing
^514
-
4,039
-
*7
-
-
-
4,560
Cotton growing
^229
-
337
-
-
-
-
-
566
Crop and plant growing n.e.c.
^242
^575
^560
^165
*87
^73
9
-
1,710
Total agriculture industries
40,292
32,224
26,627
14,077
11,692
3,781
373
87
129,154
Other industries
^535
^239
^157
*160
^185
*85
9
1
1,372
Total
40,827
32,463
26,785
14,238
11,876
3,866
382
88
130,526

Source: Agricultural Commodities, Australia, 2003-04 (7121.0).


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