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IBISWorld’s Grain-Sheep or Grain-Beef Cattle Farming market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry's performance has been volatile over the past five years due to varying rainfall
  • Out of all external factors, rainfall has the most effect on the industry's performance
  • Access to water will continue to be a key issue for industry farmers

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Grain-Sheep or Grain-Beef Cattle Farming industry's performance has been volatile over the past five years. Rainfall is a key determinant of industry production and revenue, and fluctuations in the level of annual rainfall have created substantial output variations over the period. The global supply of industry products dictates global price movements, and this characteristic has also contributed to the industry's volatile performance. Industry revenue is projected to grow at an annualised 4.1% over the five years through 2016-17, to $11.2 billion. However, reduced livestock sales in volume terms, due to depleted herds and flocks, are expected to depress industry revenue by 4.7% during 2016-17...

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    Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Industry players are heavily concentrated along the eastern seaboard. New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland account for almost 65% of farms. Although access to consumers and major markets in these states plays a role in the industry’s geographic distribution, favourable weather conditions and access to suitable arable land are far more important.

    New South Wales houses the largest share of industry operators, followed by Victoria. South Australia also houses a significant portion of businesses. This is due to their suitability to agricultural operations. Rainfall levels have been traditionally higher in these states, enabling more stable production. Conversely, Queensland is more susceptible to variations in weather conditions, making output stability more difficult. Wes..

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    Additional Insights for the Grain-Sheep or Grain-Beef Cattle Farming Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Grain-Sheep or Grain-Beef Cattle Farming Industry are

  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • Appropriate climatic conditions
  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
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    Industry Products

    What is the Grain-Sheep or Grain-Beef Cattle Farming Industry?

    Companies in the industry primarily grow grain in conjunction with beef cattle or sheep farming activities. The industry excludes companies that exclusively farm beef cattle or sheep, or grow grain.

    Industry Products
    Other grains
    Beef cattle
    Lambs and sheep
    Industry Activities
    Beef cattle farming and grain growing
    Sheep farming and grain growing
    Lamb raising and grain growing

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Level of annual rainfall
  • Domestic price of coarse grains
  • Domestic price of beef
  • Domestic price of lamb
  • Domestic price of wool
  • Demand from poultry farming

  • Current Performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Weather and production
  • Global influences
  • Genetic modification
  • Structure and profitability
  • Table: Grain-Sheep or Grain-Beef Cattle Farming Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Grain-Sheep or Grain-Beef Cattle Farming Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Sheep Farming
  • Beef Cattle Farming
  • Dairy Cattle Farming
  • Wool Wholesaling
  • Cereal Grain Wholesaling

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Farm and Construction Machinery Wholesaling
  • Livestock and Other Agricultural Supplies Wholesaling
  • Shearing, Cropping and Agricultural Support Services

  • Products & Services
  • Beef cattle
  • Wheat
  • Lambs and sheep
  • Wool
  • Other grains
  • Canola
  • Chart: Grain-Sheep or Grain-Beef Cattle Farming Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Price of downstream substitutes
  • Consumer preferences
  • Primary producers

  • Major Markets
  • Meat processors
  • Export markets
  • Other livestock farmers
  • Feedlots
  • Grain processors
  • Wool wholesalers and processors
  • Other local markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Grain-Sheep or Grain-Beef Cattle Farming Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Grain-Sheep or Grain-Beef Cattle Farming

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Grain-Sheep or Grain-Beef Cattle Farming Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Grain-Sheep or Grain-Beef Cattle Farming Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Grain-Sheep or Grain-Beef Cattle Farming Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Genetically Modified (Gm)
  • Any product in which the genetic make up has been modified to suit a particular purpose or meet a particular need.
  • Herbicide
  • A substance used in crop farming to get rid of unwanted vegetation.
  • Imputed Wage
  • The estimated labour input of the farm owner, their partner and/or family members, based on hours worked and wages outlined in the Federal Pastoral Industry Award.
  • Stockfeed
  • Manufactured animal feed, typically supplied to commercial operations such as poultry, beef and sheep.
  • Turn-Off
  • The number of livestock farmers sell to abattoirs for slaughter.
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