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).


  • 24 November 2016

    The Animal Health Laboratories (AHL) provides a variety of services including testing for disease surveillance and control, export certification, developmen

  • 9 November 2016

    Carbon farming activities can achieve multiple economic and environmental co-benefits in addition, in some cases, to emissions avoidance offset income.

  • 30 November 2016

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

  • 17 March 2016

    Manure management technologies can be economically viable for larger enterprises or cooperative facilities that use the captured methane to generate heat and electricity.

  • 20 April 2016

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

  • 1 December 2016

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, (DAFWA) with funding assistance from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program, analysed and captured current and emerging info

  • 18 July 2016

    This research investigates improving the conversion of available feed into kilograms of lamb weaned per kilogram of ewe joined, an increased understanding of the efficient conversion of feed into w

  • 12 December 2016

    In collaboration with the Moredun Research Institute (United Kingdom), the world’s first sheep worm vaccine has been produced at the department's Albany parasitology laboratories.

  • 12 December 2016

    This project will quantify the cost of worms on prime lamb production in Western Australia through observations on a number of commercial properties, and provide the basis for best-practice worm co

  • 12 December 2016

    This project focuses on finding indicator traits that could be used to select indirectly for resistance to breech strike in Merino sheep in winter rainfall regions.

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