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AN INTERNATIONAL Cleanskin
Sheep Symposium will be held at
the Wayville Showground on
February 18-19 next year.
About 12 per cent of sheep are
naturally shedding and numbers are
increasing steadily. But there is a little
information in Australia for producers to
As a response, Cleanskin Sheep
Australia has organised the symposium.
It will provide a worldwide stage for
educational opportunities and
information exchange between
interested producers, plus promotional
openings for individual breeds and
As agricultural profit margins have
lessened, many primary producers are
examining ways of diversifying to
increase their income without greatly
increasing costs, and one option which
is being looked at favourably is that of
cleanskin sheep production.The past
decade has seen a strong swing to the
many cleanskin breeds in Australia, some
of which have been established for many
years while others are just being
introduced and developed.
As worldwide demand for sheep meat
increases significantly but wool markets
appear to be in decline, cleanskins offer
an economic incentive to producers
who can supply the meat market
without the additional infrastructure,
labour and management costs of wool
production. In addition, unpredictable
seasons have prompted many grain
growers to look at diversification and
the cleanskin offers a viable way of
complementing their farming enterprise.
The International Cleanskin Sheep
Symposium will provide a challenging
and informative program involving
presentation from international and local
speakers.The first day -- seminar day --
will initiate discussion and encourage all
breeders to contribute to the positive
development of the industry. It will
cover a range of topics including organic
lamb production, low
marketing, and will be an ideal forum for
prospective breeders seeking more
information on the industry and the 13
different breeds of cleanskins already
established in Australia.
The second day will include a show, all
breed sale and a range of commercial
The breeds which will be presented
throughout the program are Damara,
Damper, Dorper, Droughtmaster, Kojak,
Persian, Polled Wiltshire, Van Rooy, White
Dorper and Wiltshire Horn.
The symposium will be the first of its
kind in Australia, and it is anticipated
that it will become an annual event on
the agricultural calendar.
Cleanskins offer profitable alternative
SHEDDING SHEEP: Dorpers are already quite a well-known breed in Australia.
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