Merino sheep genetics on show as Queensland aims to repair wool industry – ABC Rural

Queensland’s best Merino sheep genetics are on show in the outback town of Charleville this weekend as the state aims to repair the wool industry.

Stud Merino breeders from as far as South Australia made the trip to south-west Queensland for the Queensland State Sheep Show, which runs Friday and Saturday.

Queensland Merino Stud Sheep Breeders Association president Max Wilson said the show was a great opportunity to show off the state’s genetics to the rest of Australia.

“There’s a good number of sheep and we’re looking at a fair cross section of the Merino industry,” Mr Wilson said.

“We’ve got a lot of visitors from New South Wales and South Australia so it’s going to be a pretty good showing.”

High lamb and beef prices a challenge for wool

Despite having Australia’s lowest sheep numbers, Queensland’s wool production for 2017 is expected to increase 23 per cent on the previous year.

However, Mr Wilson said he did not expect a dramatic increase in the state’s wool sheep, with high lamb and beef prices.

“We’ve got a lot of competition and nothing’s going to change dramatically,” he said.

“You’re not going to bail out of the cattle industry at the moment when you can get $2,000 for a bullock.

“It’s just a matter of whether you’ve got a passion for sheep.

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