The Australian Stud Sheep Breeders Association Ltd (ASSBA) deals with the sheep breeding industry in Australia, and places a high level importance on maintaining the purity and type of each breed of sheep.
These include Lincoln, English Leicester, Southdown, Ryeland, South Dorset Down and Suffolk sheep breeds, among others.
ASSBA is responsible for compiling information for and publishing a Flock Book, which contains information about the Flock Register, a comprehensive list that details all registered sheep within Australia.
The publication allows for the maintenance of Flock Histories, as all registered sheep throughout history are recorded therein.
ASSBA is also involved in researching and investigating the breeding history, pedigree and purity of those sheep wishing to be, or who already are, registered in the Flock Register.
Membership is offered to individuals who purchase sheep registered in the Flock Register.
The process of attaining a membership with the association involves first lodging an application with the Federal Secretary of the ABSSA Council, and it is then forwarded to the Federal Board who either denies or approves the application.
Members will be granted access to sheep breeding shows and sales sponsored by ASSBA, and they are entitled to use the flock, breeding and purity records compiled by the association.
New members must provide ASSBA with information relating to their newly purchased sheep.
They must also apply for a stud prefix, which allows for easy identification of the sheep and their relationship to individual members.