Livestock & animals

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia’s (DAFWA) supply chain support, research and development and rigorous biosecurity systems underpin the economic success of Western Australia’s (WA) livestock industries. In 2011/12, the WA livestock industries contributed 26% of the state’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry production, worth approximately $2 billion at the farm gate.

WA is a world leader in live exports, super fine wool production and dryland sheep and grain systems. Both cattle and sheep systems are focused on export markets to Asia and the Middle East. WA also has innovative, world-class integrated dairy and pork industries meeting local and South East Asian demand for safe, fresh milk and pork. The WA poultry industry is growing strongly as a result of increasing domestic consumption.

Global demand for high-quality, safe animal protein and products produced according to high animal welfare standards will continue to rise in coming years. Increasingly DAFWA will partner with industry -- locally, nationally and internationally -- in transformational business projects to capitalise on this demand.

Articles

  • 12 January 2017

    Bladder saltbush (Atriplex vesicaria) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • 6 January 2017

    The bush fly is a native insect that has affected the lives of Western Australians since before European settlement.

  • 12 January 2017

    Broad leaf wanderrie grass (Monachather paradoxus) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • 12 January 2017

    Wire grass (Eriachne obtusa) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • 15 September 2016

    Plume sorghum (Sorghum plumosum) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • 12 January 2017

    Annual sorghum (Sorghum stipoideum) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • 21 December 2016

    There are many different grazing methods used to improve productivity, maintain desirable pasture species and reduce land degradation.

  • 24 October 2014

    Red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, is one of the most serious ant pests in the world and was found to be established in Brisbane, Queensland, in 2001.

  • 5 February 2016

    Water is essential for life and every drop counts.

  • 19 December 2016

    This page summarises information on the status of plant and bee-related pest risk analyses prepared by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia.

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