In the area with reliable reticulated water supplies, average what yield, average wool production and average number of sheep per pastured hectare showed a positive correlation with annual rainfall in all but one year. By contrast, in the area served by on-farm water supplies only, average wheat yield and annual rainfall were strongly correlated, whereas average wool production and average number of sheep per pastured hectare showed a weaker correlation with annual rainfall. These correlations suggest tt on farms with a reliable water supply, livestock numbers have been adjusted annually to ensure optimum utilisation of available feed in all seasons.
Water resources, Western Australia, Productivity, Economic analysis, Water supply, Wool production, Wheatbelt region (WA)
Hauck, E J. (1992), Influence of water supply on farm productivity in the north-eastern wheatbelt. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Report 132.
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