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Australia no longer living on the sheep’s back

Australia’s sheep flock fell to its lowest level in 113 years with a fall of seven per cent in 2018-19 to 66 million sheep, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Sarah Kiely from the ABS said: “Worsening drought and lack of feed in the eastern states forced many sheep and cattle producers to destock with the national sheep flock at its lowest level since 1905. Following a similar pattern, the beef cattle herd reduced six per cent to 22 million head.”

Despite the tough conditions experienced by many farmers, the total value of Australian agriculture increased three per cent to $60 billion.

The increase came largely off the back of drought related destocking, with the total value of livestock disposals up six per cent to $21 billion.

There was a seven per cent increase in the value of cattle disposals, to $13 billion, while the value of sheep and lamb disposals was up five per cent to $4 billion.

Do you think the drought and farmers risked being forgotten about during the COVID-19 crisis?

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there is no shortage of Halal processing facilities in West Australia and other states.

The cruelty of the live trade is a deliberate choice by farmers and those who enable the trade. NZ exports as much sheep meat as oz and it ceased live export in 2003. Farmers could have easily sent their stock to facilities nearer the farm for halal processing and export as chilled boxed meat.


Then it is even more crazy to make the sheep suffer so much. Just don't get why they choose to do this, must be about the money.

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