The results of the February 2011 Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) sheep meat and wool survey have been released. Results indicate favourable breeding and lambing conditions across all states, with the exception of WA where the severe drought continues.
As a result, many producers in the eastern states indicated an intention to expand sheep flocks and increase lamb turn-off in 2011.
Some key points include seasonal conditions in the eastern states, which were vastly improved on the previous year, while the drought in WA continued to make conditions worse.
The seasonal conditions influenced the flock size intentions of producers for 2011, with 44% of producers nationally intending to increase their ewe flock, compared to 6% intending to decrease.
WA was the exception, with 12% intending to decrease their ewe flock, compared to 24% intending to increase, an improvement on sentiment in October.
Of the 13.9 million Merino lambs on hand at 28 February 2011, only 2.3 million (17%) were expected to be sold between March and June, reflective of the intentions to expand flocks.