Livestock management

Management of livestock must take into account variable seasonal factors, fluctuating markets and declining terms of trade. The most successful producers have a good knowledge of market requirements, matching product quality to suit. There are many factors that can determine the productivity and profitability of a livestock enterprise. These include the supply and quality of feedstuffs, the use of the most appropriate genetics, ensuring high health standards, optimising housing or environmental conditions, meeting quality assurance requirements, and having a sound knowledge of market requirements. This requires good communication along the value chain.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia has technical expertise in a range of areas related to livestock management but acknowledges that there are many other sources of information that producers should be encouraged to seek out. There are many grower groups who play an important role in encouraging discussion amongst producers to improve adoption of new technology, as do private consultants and university scientists.  

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  • 27 September 2016

    Isolated cases of photosensitisation have occurred in sheep grazing both Casbah and Mauro biserrula throughout the wheatbelt. If photosensitisation is identified early and the animals immediately r

  • 26 May 2016

    Feathertop threeawn (Aristida inaequiglumis) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • 26 May 2016

    Hoop Mitchell grass or weeping Mitchell grass (Astrebla elymoides) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • 12 January 2017

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

  • 26 May 2016

    Sage (Cratystylis subspinescens) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • 26 May 2016

    Bundle-bundle (Dichanthium fecundum) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • 26 May 2016

    Neverfail (Eragrostis setifolia) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • 26 May 2016

    Roebourne plains grass (Eragrostis xerophila) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • 26 May 2016

    Turpentine bush (Eremophila fraseri) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • 30 May 2016

    Warty-leaf eremophila (Eremophila latrobei) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

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