AgMemo - Livestock news, December 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... 

Getting the best reproductive performance from your ewes and rams at joining

Making sure your rams and ewes are healthy and in good condition in the lead up to joining, is vital to get the best reproductive performance out of your flock.

Preparing weaned lambs to survive their first summer

It is more cost effective to feed early and less, rather than leave it too late and feed more to keep your weaned lambs growing slowly from the first day of summer.

Ensure your sheep are correctly tagged

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) livestock inspectors are increasing their surveillance of sale yards, abattoirs and export depots to ensure stock are tagged and earmarked correctly to ensure traceability. 

SMS cattle surveillance network piloted in the Great Southern

Cattle producers in the shires of Albany, Denmark and Plantagenet have the opportunity to join a new cattle surveillance network and keep up to date with cattle health issues in the area.

Sheep producers reminded to follow biosecurity protocols to prevent footrot

Producers are reminded to follow biosecurity protocols when bringing sheep onto their properties, to protect their flocks from virulent footrot.

DPIRD and Morrgul’s Aboriginal Pastoral Masterclass, a hit with producers

A ‘masterclass’ workshop for small Aboriginal businesses in the Kimberley was run throughout October to provided an overview of the pastoral industry for managers, workers and directors of Aboriginal pastoral businesses.

Field walk of pasture and fodder trials for beef production

More than 40 people braved the warm and humid conditions of the impending wet season build-up to attend the Northern Beef Development team’s mosaic agriculture field walk on 13 November.

Animal welfare amendments progress through Parliament

Critical amendments to the Animal Welfare Act 2002 (the Act) passed both houses of Parliament in November, paving the way for the implementation of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines in Western Australia.