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Supply capability of sheep on the Mitchell grass downs of North and Central West Queensland

Pepper, P.M. and Dunlop, L.B. and Rose, M. and Weston, E.J. (2002) Supply capability of sheep on the Mitchell grass downs of North and Central West Queensland. In: Animal Production in Australia: The Australian Society of Animal Production., Twenty Fourth Biennial Conference. Adelaide, South Australia.

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Abstract

While, in the past, sheep have been predominantly reared and grazed in western Queensland for wool, interest in the sheep meat industry increased when wool prices became depressed. For north west and central west Queensland producers, opportunities may exist to participate in live sheep and meat export to Asia. The capability of the Mitchell grass downs to provide sufficient numbers of export quality sheep under the variable climatic conditions while sustaining the land resources has been simulated. Sheep numbers were found to be insufficient to maintain a consistent supply for live export.
However, raising marking rates and lowering mortalities effectively increased reproductive performance to a level at which a surplus for export could be sustainable. Other practices might be required for the liveweight specifications to be met.

24th Biennial Conference. Adelaide, South Australia.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:Reproduced with permission Australian Society of Animal Production [ASAP]. © Australian Society of Animal Production, ASAP.
Keywords:Sheep; Supply capability; Variable climate; Mitchell grass; Simulation.
Subjects:Animal culture > Sheep > Meat production
Animal culture > Sheep > Wool production
Deposited On:15 Mar 2005
Last Modified:13 Aug 2010 15:08

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