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20 March 2012
7/2012
Commemorative Issue

Farming Australia

Australia
This issue is one of a series focusing on different farming industries in Australia.

Dairy  

Dairy

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The dairy industry is one of our major rural industries, ranking behind only beef and wheat. While all states and territories have dairy industries, most production occurs in the more temperate south-east areas of the country, and includes milk, yoghurts and a wide variety of cheese types. The most common dairy cow breeds are the Holstein Friesian and the Jersey.

Pineapples  

Pineapples

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The pineapple is a tropical fruit native to South America and in Australia grows best in tropical Queensland and northern New South Wales. Lutheran missionaries planted the first crops in Brisbane in 1838 and the commercial industry was established in 1924. In 1946 canning plants were built at Rockhampton and Cairns. Pineapples are a good source of manganese and contain high levels of vitamins C and B1.

Wine  

Wine

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Australia is consistently among the top 10 wine-growing countries in the world. Shiraz is the most produced variety, followed by chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. The main wine-producing states are South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, although Western Australia, Queensland, Tasmania and ACT also have wine industries.

Sunflowers  

Sunflowers

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The bright yellow sunflower is native to North America and grown mainly in Queensland and New South Wales in Australia. Sunflower seed is a source of oil used for cooking, salads, paints and industrial lubricants. Non-oil varieties of sunflower are used as birdseed or roasted and eaten as a snack.

Apples  

Apples

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The humble apple tree originated in Central Asia and is one of the most widely cultivated plants in the world. Of the many apple varieties in existence, around 15 are produced commercially in Australia, with Pink Lady™, Granny Smith, Gala and Sundowner™ being the four most common. Victoria is Australia’s leader in apple production and the market is primarily domestic, with the majority of fruit sold and consumed fresh.

Official First Day Covers

Official FDC Farming Australia

Technical Information

Issue date: 20 March 2012
FDI withdrawal date: 18 April 2012
Denomination: 1 x 10c, 20c, $1, $3, $5
Stamp and product design: Jo Mure, Australia Post Design Studio
Printer: McKellar Renown
Paper: Tullis Russell
Printing process: Lithography
Stamp size: 30mm x 25mm, 50mm x 30mm
Perforations: 14 x 14.4, 14.6 x 14
Sheet layout: Modules of 50 / no gutter
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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