Set of stamps
Set of stamps
Product ID: 17330671
Issue date: 26 June 2012
Issue withdrawal date: tba
FDI withdrawal date: 25 July 2012
Denominations: 4 x 60c
Stamp design: Jo Mure
Product design: Jo Mure
Printer: McKellar Renown - gummed
Printer: Pemara - self-adhesive
Paper - gummed: Tullis Russell
Paper - s/a: B100
Printing process: Lithography
Stamp size: 30mm x 25mm
Perforations: 14 x 14.4
Sheet layout: Module of 50
National postmark: Rozelle, NSW 2039
The Farming Australia series continues with four additional stamps. The fi rst European settlers arrived in 1788 with six head of cattle. Today with over 23 million animals, Beef cattle are one of our major industries, farmed across much of Australia. Until the 1950s Australia's beef herd was dominated by Bos taurus cattle of British origin, such as Hereford, Aberdeen Angus and Beef Shorthorn. In the late 1960s, large European Bos taurus breeds such as Limousin, Charolais and Simmental were introduced and crossed with British breed stock to produce larger animals. The cattle represented on the stamp are Droughtmaster, a Brahman cattle cross developed in Australia for dry, harsh conditions, particularly in the north of the country.
Most of the citrus fruit produced every year in Australia is oranges. Mandarins, lemons, limes and grapefruit account for the remaining citrus production (around 27 per cent). The main orange varieties are Navels and Valencias. Citrus production regions are in the Riverland, South Australia; the Murray Valley in Victoria and New South Wales; the Riverina in New South Wales and the Central Burnett region in Queensland. There are also additional plantings throughout Western Australia, inland and coastal New South Wales, regions in Queensland, as well as smaller plantings in the Northern Territory.
Australia is the third largest raw sugar producer in the world. Eighty per cent of the country's sugar is exported, making the industry the seventh largest agricultural exporter in Australia. Australia's sugarcane is grown in high-rainfall and irrigated areas along coastal plains and river valleys on 2,100 km of Australia's eastern coast, between Mossman in far north Queensland and Grafton in New South Wales. Queensland accounts for about 95 per cent of Australia's raw sugar production, and New South Wales around 5 per cent.
Australia is the world's leading producer of wool, accounting for around 24 per cent of global wool production. Australia is also the world's leading wool exporter. The Australian sheep fl ock is overwhelmingly Merino, which produces fi ner wool than other breeds. Consequently, the vast majority of Australian wool is suited to the manufacture of high-quality fashion apparel. Wooli s produced in Australia under a range of environmental conditions, from the highlands of northern and southern New South Wales and Tasmania, to the pastoral zones of Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland.