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Sheep Industry

Sheep are the most numerous domestic grazing animals in Tasmania and return a significant proportion of the State's agricultural income through wool and sheep meat production. 

The main breed for wool production is the Merino. Sheep meat produced from the prime lamb industry often uses first-cross Merino ewes, mated to British breed meat rams, to produce second cross progeny for sale. 

The State Meat Hygiene Act 1985 and the Commonwealth Export Control Act 1982 are overseen by DPIPWE. In addition, DPIPWE administers the Animal Health Act 1995

Exotic and Other Sheep Breeds in Tasmania 

In 2011, the regulatory restrictions under the  Animal Farming (Registration) Act 1994  on four exotic breeds of sheep - Dorper, Damara, Awassi and Karakul - were discontinued by the Tasmanian Government. The decision followed a review of the regulations and extensive consultation with key stakeholders in the industry.

A Voluntary Code of Practice has been developed to encourage all keepers of sheep in Tasmania to adopt best practice management in the absence of regulatory controls on any particular breed.  Link to the Code of Practice.

Other FarmPoint Pages:
Mar ket Reports
National Livestock Identifications Scheme (NLIS)
Notifiable animal diseases

 


Sheep Breed Societies

Provides links to sheep breed societies.

Field Days - visit the Calendar of Events

For information on field days visit the Calendar of Events.

Lambing at the right time - the first step to increasing sheep profits

Timing of lambing is critical to optimise stocking rates and lift productivity.

LiceBoss

LiceBoss is a computerised decision support system that helps woolgrowers estimate the probability of lice infestation, estimate the degree of wool loss and offer suggestions on available chemicals and expected residue levels.
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Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit

AGBU's work has greatly assisted the improvement of livestock through breeding in Australia and overseas. A vibrant scientific program continues with regular publication of research results in scientific journals. However, its main purpose is to meet ongoing demands from Australia's livestock industries for research, development and training in genetics.

Animal health cost-benefit calculator (MLA)

The Animal Health cost-benefit calculator has been developed to help you work out the benefit of applying an animal health treatment to your herd for bloat, clostridial diseases and grass tetany.

Australian Texel Stud Breeders Association Inc.

Provides useful information on the Texel sheep breed, sales and projects.

Australian Wool Growers Association (AWGA)

The Australian Wool Growers Association (AWGA) was formed in 1996 to represent wool growers and be a strong and independent voice.

AWEX - wool market information

AWEX Market Information Services provides a range of wool industry market reports based on daily, weekly, monthly, and annual cycles.

Buying and Selling Sheep and Goats in Tasmania

The National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS) for sheep & goats has been developed to maintain and improve access to export markets by strengthening the integrity of the product supply chain.

Cost of production calculator - lamb (MLA)

An interactive, 'do-it-yourself' tool kit to help lamb and sheep producers calculate their costs of production.

Drought recovery options - utilising vacant DSE capacity

Provides information on herd and flock rebuilding, grain, graze or cropping, trading stock or agistment and key considerations for recovery.

Fat score of ewes at joining: the benefits of optimal nutrition

Provides information on fat score targets for breeding ewes at joining and how conception rates could improve if these targets are reached.

Fat scoring sheep and lambs

Provides the method for fat scoring and manual fat scoring assessment criteria and tissue depth.

Identifying Sheep and Goats for Agistment in Tasmania

Contains information on identification requirements for agisting sheep and goats in Tasmania.

Internal Parasites in Sheep

There are three broad types of internal parasite that can cause significant health issues in sheep – worms, flukes and protozoa.

Invasive Species in Tasmania - current programs and alerts

The Invasive Species Branch (ISB) has lead responsibility for terrestrial vertebrate invasive animals and all declared weeds in Tasmania. A number of new and emerging threats, as well as established invasive species, will be targeted by the ISB.

Lambplan

Sheep Genetics is a joint program by Australian Wool Innovation Ltd (AWI) and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

LiceBoss (AWI)

LiceBoss is a computerised decision support system that helps woolgrowers estimate the probability of lice infestation, estimate the degree of wool loss and offer suggestions on available chemicals and expected residue levels.

Making More from Sheep

Provides information on business, pastures, resources and sheep technology to help producers increase the productivity and profitability of their enterprises.

Managing sheep in drought lots (AWI)

AWI publication to assist producers to manage sheep in drought lots.

Managing Tasmanian Native Pastures

Native pastures underpin the long-term productivity, profitability and sustainability of grazing activities on many Tasmanian properties, particularly fine wool grazing properties. They are also a significant vegetation community for conserving native plants and animals, and maintaining stable and healthy soils.

NLIS Allflex tags

Provides a link to the order forms for Allflex NLIS tags. Return the completed forms to livestock agents, who will then forward them on for processing.

Overview of Quarantine Tasmania

Quarantine Services has a wide range of responsibilities that include facilitation of exports and development of market access opportunities by providing preclearance barrier and post barrier control systems, technical data and quarantine integrity that is acknowledged in both the domestic and international marketplace. The Service also undertakes a quarantine barrier function to prevent the introduction of unwanted pests and diseases.

Ovine Johne's Disease (OJD) in Tasmania

Ovine Johne's Disease (OJD) information for Tasmanian sheep producers.

Sheep CRC

The CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation is a collaboration between Australia's leading sheep industry organisations, which is supported under the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres Program.

Sheep Drench - decision guide for Tasmania

Sheep drench decision guide for Tasmania from the national website - wormboss.com.au

Sheep feeding and nutrition (NSW DPI)

Provides links to a number of primefacts on sheep feeding and nutrition.

Sheep feedlot calculator

The feedlot calculator is easy to use and allows you to make well-informed decisions about the likely financial outcome before committing yourself.

Sheep management (NSW DPI)

Provides a number of links to primefacts on sheep management.

Sheep yards & equipment

Provides links to a number of primefacts on sheep yard design and equipment.

SheepConnect Tasmania

SheepConnect is a cooperative initiative between Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) and DPIPWE to engage sheep producers in continuous improvement of their sheep and wool productivity systems.

Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme

Provides assistance to shippers of eligible goods, transported by sea between Tasmania and the Australian mainland, with the aim of reducing the freight cost disadvantage imposed by Bass Strait.

Temple Grandin's Web Page (USA)

Information on livestock behaviour and the design of livestock facilities.

Tips for hiring and keeping good staff (MLA)

A national survey has provided clues on how to attract, motivate and retain good staff for livestock enterprises.

Using DSEs and carrying capacities to compare sheep enterprises (NSW DPI)

Shows the comparative feed requirements of sheep through the use of dry sheep equivalent ratios.

Wool Grower Tools (AWI)

Woolgrowers can access a suite of online sheep health, welfare and productivity and enterprise profitability tools, based industry research and benchmarks, and supported by industry experts.

Woolcheque (AWI)

A user-friendly calculator that prices a wool clip based on wool characteristics and daily or historical wool auction prices.

Woolwise - Australian Wool Education Trust

This website provides access to resource materials for the sheep industry through the Australian Wool Education Trust.

Wormboss

The latest information on sheep worm control.