““Once again, parts of eastern Australia have started the pasture growing season with rainfall well below normal. The most extreme example of this is Tasmania, with the southern region and east coast continuing to be ravaged by one of the worst droughts in living memory,” he said .A lack of autumn rainfall in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and many parts of NSW has increased sheep turn-off for slaughtering and live sheep export, while lamb slaughtering have been remarkably robust for much of 2007/08. .In Western Australia, high global grain prices have provided a strong incentive for farmers to sow additional winter crop at the expense of sheep grazing.Source: Australian Wool Innovation Limited