NSW produces about two-thirds of Australia's cotton and can be seen here shortly after ginning, awaiting pick up in its large round bales.The cotton industry is one of Australia's largest rural export earners, generating approximately $1 billion per year in exports.
Cotton ginning is the process of removing cotton seed from the lint. The lint is cleaned, baled and sold to cotton merchants. Cotton seed is sold as stock feed and is used for oil extraction. More than half of Southern Cotton's seed is exported.