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Sheep Producers Australia is the voice on issues that affect Australian sheep production businesses. As the successor entity to Sheepmeat Council of Australia which formed in 1978, Sheep Producers Australia is the peak industry organisation for sheep and lamb producers. Sheep Producers Australia works on a daily basis to enhance the industry’s productivity, profitability, and sustainability by representing all producers to industry decisionmakers and stakeholders.

As the national peak industry council, Sheep Producers Australia has a legislative responsibility under the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industries Act 1997 to recommend sheep and lamb levy rates to the Australian Government and provides policy recommendations to the Federal Minister for Agriculture.


Sheep Producers Australia supports Australian sheep farmers through:

  • Speaking on behalf of industry issues of national importance.

  • Leading and influencing industry discussions and decisions for the best interests of sheepmeat producers.

  • Enabling producers to influence policy and drive change in their industry.

These are the current priorities


Market Access and Trade Barriers

Economic and technical trade barriers are reduced and export markets are developed and defended. 


Maximising Value

Adoption and recognition of a cuts-based Meat Standards Australia (MSA) for sheepmeat, supported by proactive
on-farm practice change initiatives for improved carcase outcomes.


Sheep Supply

Critical priorities are identified to provide strategic direction to grow and improve the quantity and quality of the Australian sheep flock. 


Accelerated Research Development and adoption

Nationally and regionally relevant research, development and adoption priorities are identified and funded.


Sheep Welfare Practices

Industry policy and best practice supports high standards of welfare and drives continuous improvement.


Sustainability and Carbon Neutrality

Industry has an understanding of the carbon emissions intensity of the Australian sheep industry and viable pathways to appropriate emissions reductions.


National Traceability

A uniform national traceability system is in place that meets the National Traceability Performance Standards.


Consumer and Community Trust

Consumer and community support for industry products and practices.

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