The sheep industry in Tasmania returns a significant proportion of the State's agricultural income, through both wool and sheep-meat.
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.
In 2011, the regulatory restrictions on four exotic breeds of sheep - Dorper, Damara, Awassi and Karakul - were discontinued, following 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:
National Livestock Identifications Scheme (NLIS)
Notifiable animal diseases