NSW Farming Facts

Agriculture in NSW contributes $15.4 billion to the state’s economy.

The sector directly employs 77,700 people which is 2% of the total workforce.

Almost 1 in 3 of Australia’s farm businesses are in NSW.

80% of land in NSW is devoted to agriculture.


NSW grain growers are the nation’s leading producers of oats and triticale.

Half of Australia’s cotton farms are in NSW.


There are 26 million breeding ewes in NSW, the highest number of any state.

NSW growers produced 123,000 tonnes of wool in 2016.

30% of the national wool clip is produced in NSW, the country’s equal largest producer on par with VIC.

The export value of the NSW wool clip for 2017-2018 is 866 million dollars.

The highest value crops and commodities in 2016-2017 were wheat, beef cattle, horticulture and cotton.

In 2017, NSW produced 11,375,000 tonnes of wheat, accounting for almost one third of Australia’s total wheat crop.

There are more than 30 million chickens in NSW.  Each person consumes an average of 47 kg of chicken and 226 eggs per year.

Pork is Australia’s second most consumed meat.

There are almost 500,000 pigs in NSW.


60% of Australian goat production is in NSW.


Since 2013-14 the NSW nut industry has increased by 215%.

Almond production has increased by 400%.

There are 1 million almond trees of bearing age in NSW, which has increased from 165,000 only 4 years ago.

Macadamia production has increased by 25%.

In 2016-17 the NSW macadamia output is valued at $106 million dollars.

NSW produces 25% of Australia’s fresh-cut flowers and their export value is $1 million dollars.