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

  • 9 May 2016

    The lambing planner is a hand-held, paper based tool. It allows you to change a lambing date or a joining date to see the impacts of that on other key times in the reproductive year.

  • 27 September 2016

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

  • 15 November 2016

    Poorly-designed cattleyards will not only result in more handling hours, but also increase the risk of injury to both the handler and stock.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 13 May 2016

    To ensure sheep are in the right condition at the right time, they should be frequently monitored and their nutrition adjusted throughout the year.

  • 13 May 2016

    These tools and calculators are designed to help producers manage their ewe flock more effectively and make better management decisions about feed budgeting and grazing.

  • 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.

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