LIVESTOCK: by Patrick J. ByrneNews Weekly
18,100 livestock farmers gone
, 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.