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Sheep flocks are predominantly located in the drier eastern half of the state. In recent years, these flocks have been developed around the Merino and Comeback breeds which produce finer wools. As a result, Tasmanian-produced wool is on average one micron finer than wool produced on the Australian mainland.
SHEEP AND LAMBS, Tasmania, at 30 June
At 30 June 2005, just under half of all sheep and lambs in Tasmania were found in the Northern Statistical Division (1.5 million).
SHEEP AND LAMBS, at 30 June 2005
Source: Unpublished ABS data available on request, 2005 Agricultural Survey.