AgMemo - Livestock news, August 2018

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

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In this edition...

Reminder to ensure sufficient feed after late start to winter

Despite good recent rainfall in some areas, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is reminding producers to review supplementary feed programs to make sure animals are adequately fed and there are no animal welfare risks.

Livestock diseases to watch for in winter and spring

As we near the end of winter and move into spring, there are a number of livestock diseases producers are being asked to keep a lookout for.

New 1300 number to strengthen livestock traceability

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has introduced a single phone number for all enquiries related to livestock brands and National Livestock Identification System requirements.

Sheep Industry Scholarship projects underway

Three PhDs, two honours and four internships have so far been awarded as part of the Sheep Industry Business Innovation Scholarship program which commenced in July 2017.

New Pilbara beef officer’s BIG promotion

The Northern Beef Development project has welcomed the appointment of Stephanie Coombes as Development Officer for the Pilbara region.

Sheep Industry Business Innovation Project legacies

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development completed the Sheep Industry Business Innovation project in June 2018 and the knowledge gained through the project lives on through the below project legacies.

Producers reminded to inspect livestock thoroughly

Stock owners are reminded to regularly and closely inspect livestock and treat any issues after a landholder was recently fined a total of $20,000 in the Busselton Courthouse for offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2002 (the Act).