Today in Western Australia, sheep are run at slightly higher stocking rates, are achieving greater lambing percentages (up JO per cent) and higher wool cuts per animal ( up 0. 6 kg greasy) than in the 1960s. When all components of production are considered, the productivity of sheep fanns has increased by 2. 7 per cent per year over the past 35 years.
The challenge of the next decade is to achieve substantially greater rates of improvement than for past years if the sheep and wool industries are to maintain their significant place in Western Australian agriculture.
Kelly, Rob and Marshall, Tim
"Sheep and wool industries need to improve their performance,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 34
, Article 3.
Available at: http://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol34/iss1/3