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

  • 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.

  • 10 November 2016

    This project will investigate the management of subtropical grass pastures on the south coast and the Northern Agricultural Region of Western Australia.

  • 10 November 2016

    Established in 2003, EverGraze was designed to develop, test and implement new farming systems based on perennials in a range of environments across the high rainfall zone of southern Australia.

  • 17 November 2016

    A number of the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia's (DAFWA) staff members work with live animals for scientific, diagnostic and inspectorial purposes, and also as an element of

  • 22 November 2016

    Our vision is a profitable and sustainable future for all sectors of the Western Australian (WA) pork industry underpinned by four strategic goals: increase consum

  • 5 September 2016

    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

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