Livestock research & development

To support the economic development of the livestock industries, the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) undertakes a range of research and development activities in collaboration with producers, other research groups and industry. 

Much of this research is undertaken on a co-funded basis supported by the relevant research and development corporations, Federal government or private industry. Where appropriate, this research is undertaken on farm or, in the case of more basic research, undertaken at one of DAFWA's research stations: 

  • Great Southern Agriculture Research Institute, Katanning (sheep) 
  • Mt Barker Research Station (sheep) 
  • Medina Research Station (pigs and sheep) 
  • Vasse Research Station (dairy).


  • 12 September 2017

    Researchers and supervisors from Western Australian (WA) universities are invited to apply for WA sheep industry scholarships. 

  • 31 May 2017

    This Sheep Industry Business Innovation (SIBI) subproject is developing the necessary operations and infrastructure to support the existing facilities at the Katanning Research Facility (KRF) which

  • 14 June 2017

    The Sheep Industry Business Innovation (SIBI) on-farm technology pilot group is a group of mixed-enterprise producers who run a sheep enterprise and have implemented devices and systems to improve

  • 7 September 2017

    More Sheep was a partnership initiative between the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) and the Sheep Industry Leadership Council (SILC) to address the critical issue of t

  • 12 September 2017

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) leads a project that supports the sheep industry to capitalise on growing markets for sheep products.

  • 13 September 2017

    The Department of Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development's Northern Beef Futures (NBF) project is supported by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program, to transform We

  • 6 September 2017

    Sheep Updates is the primary event for the Western Australian sheepmeat and wool industries. A one day gala event is held in Perth every two years and regional updates are held in the alternate yea

  • 14 September 2017

    Carbon farming through rangeland restoration has generally low sequestration potential per hectare, but potentially extensive environmental benefits.

  • 7 September 2017

    Agriculture is responsible for 14% of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions and is the dominant source of methane and nitrous oxide, accounting for 56% and 73%, respectively, of Australia’s emission

  • 7 September 2017

    Techniques to reduce livestock greenhouse gas emissions may also increase livestock productivity and resilience.

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