ASHEEP stands for the Association for Sheep Husbandry, Excellence, Evaluation and Production. We are a group that was formed over 10 years ago 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. We now have 85 active members, 11 corporate members and 4 sponsors.

Current Activities

  • Annual pasture trials managed by ASHEEP members on-farm with a focus on summer sowing
  • Northern winter field walk for lower rainfall zones
  • Autumn field day with a livestock focus
  • Spring field day with a pasture focus
  • Ovine Johnes Disease sub-committee’s management plan
  • Grain & Graze 2 & 3
  • ‘Legumes in Kikuyu’ producer research site
  • ‘Pasture Legumes in Mixed Farming Zones of WA & NSW’ project in conjunction with Proff. John Howieson
  • Local data collection for Red Clover Syndrome research
  • Participating in the Lamb Survival Initiative

Past Activities and Accomplishments

  • 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 two employees
  • Recently employed a project officer
  • 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



Summit Fertilizers




Esperance, Western Australia, Australia


Chair: Matt Hill
M: 0429 787 025

Vice Chair: Simon Fowler
M: 0428 750 012

Secretary: Mark Walter
M: 0427 951 417

Contact: Emma James
M: 0457 937 774
A: PO Box 2445, Esperance 6450

Number of Members

85, plus 11 corporate members

Shires Covered

Esperance and Ravensthorpe