Livestock & animals

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development supply chain support, research and development and rigorous biosecurity systems underpin the economic success of Western Australia’s 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

  • Cattle producers in the shires of Albany, Denmark and Plantagenet in Western Australia have the opportunity to join a new pilot SMS surveillance network for cattle diseases.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is working closely with the Western Australian industry to manage the immediate impacts of this situation and support the devel

  • Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are now being sought under the State Government's new Grainbelt Digital Enhancement Project.

  • Getting all your weather information in one place is now even easier, thanks to the launch of the eConnected Grainbelt Project

  • Applications are now open for the eConnected Grainbelt Project’s new WA Internet of Things (IoT) DecisionAg Grant Program.

  • A snapshot of some of the latest news and seasonal advice from the department for Western Australian farm businesses in the livestock sector.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development estimates up to 200,000 WA sheep had been destined for live export over coming months.

  • In the latest development, the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has suspended the live export licence of EMS.  This is in addition to the suspension of Emanuel Exports’

  • The live export trade of sheep from Western Australia is worth $210 million (2017).  The industry is undergoing significant pressures as a response to a number of recent poor welfare outcomes and m

  • These maps are generated from remote sensing data to estimate pasture feed on offer (FOO) as kilograms of dry matter per hectare, and plant (pasture and crop) growth rates as kilograms of dry matte

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