Management & reproduction

Reproductive rate varies widely among livestock species. Nonetheless, efficient reproduction is critical to profitability in all livestock industries. Nutrition and genetics are the key drivers of efficient reproduction. However, there are many other facets of management such as, behaviour, use of technology and housing that must also be taken into consideration if farm enterprises are to raise their reproductive rate.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia conducts research, development and extension activities in collaboration with industry partners to improve the productivity of the main livestock species. The objective is to support the economic development of the state by improving the profitability of Western Australian farm enterprises.

Articles

  • 27 September 2016

    Condition scoring sheep is an easy and accurate method of estimating the condition or 'nutritional well being' of your sheep flock.

  • 12 April 2016

    Choosing the best time of lambing and matching paddock feed availability to ewe and weaner needs is important for both productivity and profitability.

  • 7 December 2016

    Joining is the time when the potential lambing of your flock is set, so make the most of it.

  • 4 November 2016

    Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) is a nationally accredited course involving groups of five to six producers and six 'hands-on' sessions over a period of 12 months. Training under the Lifetime Ewe Ma

  • 29 September 2016

    Weaners are the most difficult class of sheep to manage effectively, largely because they usually cannot consume enough energy while grazing dry pastures and crop stubbles.

  • 15 April 2016

    Wool is called ‘tender’ when it is discounted for low staple strength.

  • 20 April 2016

    Monitoring the health and liveweight of weaners is important to ensure their survival and for producers to maximise profit.

  • 26 April 2016

    The first 48 hours of a lamb’s life are critical – around 90% of lamb mortality from birth to weaning occurs within this period. It is also a critical period of time for the ewe.

  • 16 March 2015

    Hydatid disease is a serious human health concern, caused by cysts of the tapeworm parasite Echinococcus granulosus.

  • 1 August 2016

    Botulism is a rapid onset, usually fatal disease caused by the botulinum toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.

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