January 8th 2005

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COVER STORY: DEMOCRACY: How free societies perish

EDITORIAL: New direction in Aboriginal policy

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: The bubble economy - can it last?

AGRICULTURE: Getting rural policy on track

LIVESTOCK: 18,100 livestock farmers gone

OPINION: Post-Latham: now for a real Third Way

AUSTRALIA'S CONSTITUTION: The Governor-General is our head of state

LIFE AND FAITH: The quest for meaning in James McAuley

STRAWS IN THE WIND: La Ronde / A quarry and a hard place / National politics / Maritime terrorism

OBITUARY: Vale Pat Edward Conway (1932-2004)

EUTHANASIA: Continent Death: Euthanasia in Europe

Left's educational legacy (letter)

BOOKS: HUMAN DIGNITY IN THE BIOTECH CENTURY: A Christian vision for public policy

BOOKS: TREASON: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism, by Ann Coulter

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18,100 livestock farmers gone

by Patrick J. Byrne

News Weekly, January 8, 2005
Between 1998 and 2003, 18,100 livestock farms have gone, according to a recent report of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE).

According to the report, Australia has lost:

  • 6,000 beef producers and 161,000 beef cattle;

  • 3,600 dairy farmers and 30,000 dairy cows;

  • 7,500 sheep producers and 18.2 million sheep;

  • 1,000 pig farmers and 11,000 pigs.

The most dramatic fall was in the size of the sheep flock. It fell from 117.5 million in 99.2 million in this period, and is now about half the size it was in the early 1990s.

The livestock sector accounts for about 46 per cent of the gross value of Australia's agricultural production.

  • Pat Byrne

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