RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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Western Downs Regional Council area

Agriculture

In 2015/16, the total value of agricultural output in the Western Downs Regional Council area was $885m. The largest commodity produced was Livestock slaughterings, which accounted for 47.4% of the Western Downs Regional Council area’s total agricultural output in value terms.

Agricultural production is a very important contributor to Australia's economy, and is a key industry in many rural and regional areas, as well as some outer metropolitan areas.

The data presented here are sourced from the 2015-16 Agricultural Census, run by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The data show the gross value of agricultural commodities in broad categories, measured across two Agricultural Census periods.

Agriculture value data should be viewed in conjunction with the Industry Sector Analysis page for the Agriculture sector, which has modelled estimates of the size of the industry on an annual basis. The Employment Locations page will show where agricultural activity is taking place and the Workforce Profiles section will reveal the characteristics of agricultural workers.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) - Value of Agricultural Commodities Produce 2015-16

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Value of agricultural production
Western Downs Regional Council area 2015/16
Commodity (Click rows to view sub-categories)$%. Queensland %Western Downs Regional Council areaas a % of Queensland
Cereal crops221,279,93125.06.625.5
Citrus fruit--------
Crops for Hay16,001,7651.81.111.5
Eggs4,1860.01.60.0
Grapes (wine and table)--------
Livestock slaughterings419,295,80547.452.06.1
Milk1,586,3610.21.80.7
Nurseries & cut flowers351,7130.02.10.1
Nuts--------
Other broadacre crops217,463,59824.616.010.3
Other fruit--------
Vegetables6,035,3480.75.10.9
Wool2,703,0650.30.54.3
Agriculture - Total Value884,721,771100.0100.06.7

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, 2015-16. Cat. No. 7503.0

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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