Commercial sheep breeds in Queensland
The Merino sheep is predominant in Queensland. Meat sheep breeds are becoming more popular due to increased demand for sheep meat and farm diversification.
The Suffolk, Border Leicester and Poll Dorset breeds have traditionally been used as the main source for meat sheep genetics. However, several African breeds have been introduced to service niche markets, such as the Dorper, South African Meat Merino (SAMM) and Dohne breeds. These have become more popular due to their suitability to particular markets and enterprises.
Contact the relevant industry association for more information on sheep breeds. Sheep industry associations include the:
- Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders
- Australian Stud Sheep Breeders Association
- Dorper Sheep Society of Australia
- Prime SAMM Society of Eastern & Western Australia
- Australian Dohne Breeders Association
- Australian Poll Dorset Association
- Australian Border Leicester Association
- Suffolk Sheep Society of Australia.
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