Australian Sheep Outlook
August 5, 2005
August 5, 2005 -- According to the International Meat Secretariat Newsletter, The Australian sheep flock is forecast to fall in 2005-2006 by around 2 million sheep.
Critical factors influencing the size of the flock include: dry conditions, which are assumed to continue for the remainder of 2005, reducing sheep numbers, as well as difficult winter conditions adversely affecting spring lambing; and the relative return to alternative broad acre agricultural enterprises.
Lamb slaughtering is expected to decrease in 2005-2006 by 2.2 percent; lamb production by 2.6 percent; and pounds of lamb shipped to the United States down by 2.9 percent.