ABARES' annual farm survey targets broadacre and dairy

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Cattle graze on farmland near Maleny, in Queensland's Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Cattle graze on farmland near Maleny, in Queensland's Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Gary Cycles, Flckr CC

On 13 July 2016, ABARES Executive Director Karen Schneider announced that this year’s ABARES survey of broadacre and dairy farms is underway.

Schneider said the survey is an opportunity to gather up-to-date data about our broadacre and dairy enterprises so as to provide farmers, industry bodies and government with information essential to good business planning, investment and policy development.

Over the next four months, she said, ABARES’ survey collection officers will conduct detailed face-to-face interviews with more than 1,900 farmers selected as this year’s respondents.

“The data provided by these farmers helps ABARES to build an accurate picture of the financial and production performance of broadacre and dairy farms across the nation,” Schneider said.

“Participation is completely voluntary and confidential. However, the information survey participants provide helps every farmer to make informed decisions at the farmgate. And it allows industry and government to ensure policies and programs supporting the agriculture sector are based on the best available evidence," she explained.

“I encourage selected farmers to support the future of our industries through this survey.”

Schneider said each farm business that participates in ABARES’ 2016 survey will receive a report containing its own farm survey results along with the average results for its region.

The ABARES annual broadacre industries survey is funded by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR), Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC).

More information

For detailed information on the state of Australia’s broadacre and livestock industries, check out the results of past ABARES surveys

For more agri-focused reports, visit the ABARES website.

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