Small ruminants (sheep and goats)

James Rothwell, William Pomroy, Robert Woodgate

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In 2003/04 there were 106 million sheep in Australia, 85% were
Merinos and the remainder meat and coarse wool producing sheep.
Sheep are raised through the sub-tropical and temperate areas of
Australia. There are 11,500 specialist sheep farms with an average flock
size of 3,500 and altogether 68,000 properties have sheep with an
average flock size of 1580. Australian Wool Innovation estimate that ¾
of all sheep are run in flocks of greater than 3,000. Fifty five percent of
sheep are in the sheep wheat zone, 33% on high rainfall country and
11% in the pastoral zone. On most farms sheep are reared on pasture
and need to be mustered and brought to a central sheep handling area
to be drenched, shorn, crutched, vaccinated or treated for external
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralasian animal parasites inside and out
EditorsIan Beveridge, David Emery
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralian Society of Parasitology
Number of pages88
ISBN (Electronic)9780646935607
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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