Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


R J. Lightfoot


Awassi, Sheep breeds, Production possibilities, Western Australia

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Australia's first Awassi fat tail lambs arrived at Kununurra in January 1987, completing the first major step in an ambitious project to establish a fat tail sheep breeding industry in this country.

Fat tail sheep bred in the Middle East attract much higher prices than merino wethers imported from Australia. The question to be resolved through our product development and market research is what premiums will Middle Eastern buyers pay for fat tail sheep bred in Australia and exported to the region.

The Department of Agriculture believes that there is potential for Sustralian producers to enter these new markets without detracting from the existing Australian sheep breeding industries.