History of Sheep in Australia• First Fleet 1788 – meat sheep• John Macarthur interested in heavy fleeced, fine wool sheep – Purchased from Spain – Pioneer breeder of the Australian Merino – 1801 largest sheep farmer in colony
Effects of Climate Variation Our farmers feed and protect our sheep through droughts
Effects of Climate Variation And flooding rains
Biodiversity on Farms Lots of different tree species of different ages – supports a lot of different bird species such as the Superb Parrot.
Biodiversity on Farms Lots of different grasses are important Paspalum and Phalaris and native legumes like Microlena. These grasses support a number of animals such as sheep, cows and our native wildlife.
Careers in the Environment Sector• Catchment Officer • Environmental• Environmental Research Scientist Health Officer • Salinity Specialist• Landcare • Soil Health Coordinator Specialist• Soil Conservation • Water Resource Earthworks operator Officer
Today we talked about …Impact of the Australian Sheep Industry• not only influences what we eat and wear• Its puts a lot of money back into Australian communities.
Today we talked about …Different sheep for different people• different types of sheep that live in different environments and meet different markets
Today we talked about …Career Opportunities• There are many opportunities for you to become involved in the Australian Sheep Industry
Being part of the Art4Agriculture team is so rewarding. Our programs celebrate the immense diversity within primary industries, our people, the range of produce and ourcommitment to environmental stewardship.