The continuing decline in wool prices and the arrival of several new meat sheep breeds from South Africa are being seen as an opportunity for pastoral wool growers to diversify into sheep meat production, or to add value to their Merino flocks. Since the arrival of the Damara, Dorper and South African Meat Merino, the interest in these breeds has spread not only across the sheep areas of Western Australia, but also to many parts of Australia. Matthew Young reports on a number of demonstrations undertaken in recent years to assess the performance of these new breeds both on the farm and in the market place.
"New sheep meat breeds for Western Australia,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 41
, Article 5.
Available at: http://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol41/iss1/5