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ABARES Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Updates

ABARES Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Updates

Categories: Commodities, Weather

Summary of key issues:

  • During the past week rainfall was recorded in all states and territories.
  • Heavy rainfall in north-central Victoria and southern New South Wales during the past week has reportedly disrupted harvesting activities.
  • There are reports that recent dry seasonal conditions have resulted in feed and water shortages along some stock routes in southeast Australia.
  • Water storage levels in the Murray–Darling Basin have decreased by 196 gigalitres this week and are at 75 per cent of total capacity.
  • The Queensland young cattle indicator price (330 – 400 kg live weight C3) increased by around 2 per cent in the week ending 6 December 2013 to 347 cents a kilogram.
  • Saleyard prices of lambs rose in most states in the week ending 6 December 2013. The largest increase occurred in Western Australia where the indicator price (18–22kg fat score 2–4) rose by around 12 per cent to average 441 cents a kilogram.
  • The Australian Eastern Market indicator price for wool increased by around 2 per cent in the week ending 5 December 2013 to average 1144 cents a kilogram clean. The total number of bales offered at auction was around 5 per cent higher than the previous sale.
  • The world wheat indicator price (US No. 2 hard red winter, free on board Gulf ports) averaged US$310 a tonne in the week ending 10 December 2013, compared with US$318 a tonne in the previous week.



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