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

Keywords

Sheep, Awassi, Breeding programmes, Production possibilities, Exports, Sheepmeat, Ewe milk, Wool, Western Australia, Middle East

First Page Number

99

Last Page Number

105

Abstract

Most prople have heard of the Awassi, even if they have never seen one. This unique breed of fat tail sheep, imported into Astralia in 1987, was released from quarantine for commercial development nearly 12 months ago. Its supporters believe Awassis could form the basis of a high-value export industry while replacing imports. Developments over the next few years will test its potential and should result in the Awassi playing an important role in an increasingly diversified Australian farming scene.

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