Association for Sheep Husbandry, Excellence, Evaluation and Production Inc.
ASHEEP is a grower group formed in 2003 to address a number of industry issues including declining sheep numbers, lack of young people in the industry and the role of sheep in the farming system.
We are based in the Esperance area covering a wide variety of rainfall zones and soil types. We don’t favour particular systems or breeds over another, rather seek to evaluate and highlight best practice in sheep husbandry and production.
Establishment of the Ovine Johnes Disease sub committee to manage OJD in the Esperance area through testing, improved biosecurity and education.
Development of Lamb Planner & a prototype of Weaner Planner
Involved in working group that saw the only truck wash in the area re-opened (Myrup Truck Wash)
Self-funded with three employees
Pilot group for The Sheep’s Back network
First in the area to run auto-drafting and electronic ID trials & workshops
Leader in research into lamb survival, including predation, fencing and shelter
ASHEEP is not for profit, incorporated organisation run by a committee of 12 volunteer farmers. The committee ensures the activities undertaken by ASHEEP align with its strategic plan. ASHEEP is self-funded through sponsorship and membership which allows the group to employ 3 part-time staff; an executive officer, a project officer and a book keeper. ASHEEP relies on the support of funding bodies, such as AWI, MLA & Government to conduct research and extension.