Feeding & nutrition

What animals eat has a major impact on performance, profitability and quality of the end product. For intensive livestock (pigs, poultry and sheep and cattle in feedlots), cereals, legumes and protein meals make up the majority of the diet and are formulated to meet diet specifications. For extensive animals, quality of pastures and year-round supply become major issues.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia supports the livestock industry by conducting a range of research activities, often in collaboration with industry and scientific groups. This research concentrates on determining nutrient requirements, evaluating feed ingredients and studying product quality (e.g. eating quality of meat). The identification of alternative feed ingredients is an important activity, since the demand for more traditional feedstuffs will increase.

Articles

  • 12 January 2017

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

  • 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.

  • 18 January 2017

    DAFWA provides data and information on current season through its network of automatic weather stations and seasonal climate forecasts through the Statistical Climate Information system.

  • 13 May 2016

    Sheep are supplementary fed for either survival or production purposes. Efficient supplementary feeding should aim to supply sheep with a diet that is sufficient in energy and protein.

  • 10 November 2016

    Application of fertiliser nitrogen to pasture in winter can increase the dry matter production of grasses and broadleaf weeds.

  • 9 May 2016

    Overgrazing of annual pastures in autumn can lead to a significant reduction in pasture seedling density, especially within the first 12 days after the break of season.

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