Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The fortunes of the Shearing, Cropping and Agricultural Support Services industry are tied to the farming sector, in particular the beef, sheep and grain growing industries. Consequently, the industry is exposed to changing levels of production and prices of agricultural produce. As a whole, agricultural sector growth has been low and volatile over recent years due to shifts in domestic and export market demand and extreme weather conditions. Drought at the start of the five-year period negatively affected industry revenue and profit, as did the global financial crisis during 2008-09. A return to favourable weather conditions over 2009-10 and 2010-11 caused industry revenue to rise substantially, although the industry contracted again the following two years... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
As with most industries, establishments are concentrated in the eastern seaboard states of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. These states combined house over 70% of industry establishments. Often, industry services are specific to particular regions. For instance, sugarcane harvesters tend to concentrate along the Queensland coast since this is where the majority of Australian sugarcane is grown. Moreover, the eastern seaboard has significant agricultural activity, including most forms of livestock farming and crop growing. Other services, such as wool classing, are more mobile. These service providers move across geographic areas in response to the wool cycle.
The number of industry establishments contracted at a rapid rate over the past five years... purchase to read more