There are way more sheep here than people – 3.5X as many sheep. In June 2008, the sheep population was 80 million while the current population of Australians is 22.5 million people. Australians eat a lot of sheepmeat – there is far more sheepmeat in the supermarket than either pork or chicken. Beef still reigns supreme, at least on the shelves 🙂 Anyway, in my last post I said that Hyatt and I had been to the biggest livestock in Australia, the Royal Easter Show in Sydney. That was the beef edition; this is the sheep, swine, poultry and consumer information edition.
As with beef, there many posters explaining animal care procedures, nutrition information and details about how hard farmers and ranchers work.
When we ventured into the swine barn we had a few reactions: 1) there are hardly any hogs here 2) there are a lot of people here learning about hogs!