Saturday, July 28, 2012

Farming in Australia (II)

Few months ago I have shown you a set of stamps issued by Australia related to farming and that I was happy to add to by cow stamp collection. On the 26th of June 2012, Australian postal administration has issued a second set of four stamps in the same series. I am not really sure that this subject deserved a second set on the same year… but I’m still very happy to add it to my collection. Australia is really on a trend of emitting a huge amount of stamps and as you will see here again, a huge amount of philatelic products related to theses issues. 

Let’s first have a look to the new set of four stamps. 

They are sold in the form of a block of four. The four stamps have the same face value. Clockwise the stamps picture the following farming activities: 

Beef cattle: with over 23 million animals, Beef cattle are one of the major farming industries across much of Australia. Hereford, Aberdeen Angus, Beef Shorthorn, Limousin, Charolais and Simmental are breads that you can find through the country. The stamp picture some Droughtmaster, a Brahman cattle cross developed in Australia for dry, harsh conditions, particularly in the north of the country. 

Oranges: 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. 

Sugar : 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. 

Wool : 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 vast majority of Australian wool is suited to the manufacture of high-quality fashion apparel. 

A nice set of stamps, and a nice stamp for my cow collection! As it was not enough the four stamps are also issued in auto-adhesive format. 

The block of four can be bought in a presentation pack, as the previous set. This time the cover is picturing sheep and not cows anymore. 

Both types of stamps can be found on official first day covers with similar first day cancels than the previous set.

Also maximum cards have been issued, reusing the same illustration that the stamps. 

Then you can also buy the stamps in the form of booklet of ten stamps. 

Or booklet of twenty stamps.

 I stop here but you can also buy a booklet of booklets ! You must really be wealthy if you want to collect all types of philatelic products produced by Australian post for each stamp issue!

1 comment:

Rob Mandanici said...

Certainly a great set of stamps designed here by Australia Post and it shows off some of the wonderful Agriculture that our country has to offer the world. With respect to your comments about the peel and stick booklets, these stamps are actually a definitive issue and will be around for a while, circulating on most domestic mail, hence the 60c rate. The large booklets will be designed for business customers and higher volume users. But of course, there will be collectors out there who will buy the booklets for their collections I am sure.