July 25, 2003
Australian Flocks Lowest in More Than 50 Years
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released final data this week confirming that the national sheep flock numbered around 106.2 million on June 30, 2002, making it the lowest since 1948.
While preliminary estimates for 2003 are not expected until November, the drought is likely to have lowered the flock by at least another 6 million in the year to June 2003, to 100 million. The main contributor to this decline has been the severe drought in the country, which has prompted producers to shift resources away from wool to other enterprises.