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.

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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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