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.

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.