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Australia’s sorghum, feed barley exports slide, malting rises

by Liz Wells, 16 October 2018

AUSTRALIA exported 30,668 tonnes of sorghum in August, down 74 per cent on the July total of 119,487t, and feed barley shipments also took a tumble to 89,838t, down 33pc from 134,728t shipped in July, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

This reflects dwindling supplies and strong demand from Australia’s drought-stricken eastern states, which has seen users of sorghum and feed barley in Queensland and NSW bid up strongly to keep the grain away from export.

Malting barley shipments bucked the downtrend, rising 29pc over August to 151,982t from 118,151t in July.

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Table 1: ABS export data for Australian malting barley exports for June, July and August, 2018.

MALTING June July August Total
China 206780 92593 123856 423229
Japan 20600 12 21032 41644
New Zealand 0 0 935 934.76
Vietnam 2114 25546 6159 33819
TONNES 229493 118151 151982 499626

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Table 2: ABS export data for Australian feed barley exports for June, July and August, 2018.

FEED June July August Total
China 201263 65917 54969 322148
Hong Kong 0 4 6 10
Japan 117315 0 30250 147565
Korea 612 402 197 1211
New Caledonia 20 164 19 203
Pakistan 0 511 0 511
Papua New Guinea 107 0 0 107
Philippines 730 94 650 1474
Taiwan 2304 2061 1178 5543
Thailand 1477 65064 2219 68759
UAE 420 512 350 1282
TONNES 324247 134728 89838 548813

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Table 3: ABS export data for Australia sorghum exports for June, July and August, 2018.

SORGHUM June July August Total
China 97156 118399 29869 245424
Malaysia 24 0 0 24
Philippines 401 200 699 1300
Taiwan 350 888 100 1338
TONNES 97930 119487 30668 248086

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