Livestock species

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development supports the economic success of several livestock industries, in particular the beef, sheep, dairy and pork industries. There are just under 15 million sheep located primarily in the agricultural region, producing high quality meat and wool for world markets. The sheep meat market is worth $500 million, of which about half is for live exports with the remainder slaughtered locally, and a further $500 million comes from wool exports.

Of the two million head of beef cattle, approximately half are located in the south west (mainly for local slaughter) and the remainder in the north (mainly for live export). Total value of the beef industry is $517 million per year. The dairy industry, worth $140 million per year, is located in the high rainfall south west region and has internationally competitive production costs.

The pork industry is primarily located in the northern and central agricultural regions, with a total value of $130 million per year of which approximately 20% comes from exports to Singapore. The poultry industry has 8.5 million birds and is mainly focused on the domestic market for both eggs ($60 million) and chicken meat ($130 million).

Other livestock species that are farmed but make a relatively small contribution to the total value of the livestock industry include goats and alpacas.

Articles

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is continuing to monitor and respond to changes in the live export environment which impact the Western Australian sheep industry.

  • Cattle producers in the shires of Albany, Denmark and Plantagenet in Western Australia now have the opportunity to join a new pilot surveillance network for cattle health that uses a simple SMS sys

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is working closely with the Western Australian industry to manage the immediate impacts of this situation and support the devel

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development estimates up to 200,000 WA sheep had been destined for live export over coming months.

  • In the latest development, the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has suspended the live export licence of EMS.  This is in addition to the suspension of Emanuel Exports’

  • The live export trade of sheep from Western Australia is worth $210 million (2017).  The industry is undergoing significant pressures as a response to a number of recent poor welfare outcomes and m

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is working to support Western Australia’s sheep industry following the recent suspension of Emanuel Exports’ live export licence and th

  • There are a variety of possible causes of diarrhoea in adult cattle and they are often different to the common causes of diarrhoea, or scours, in calves.

  • The Northern Australia Biosecurity Surveillance (NABS) project is a coordinated surveillance program to enhance the early detection of exotic disease incursions and to provide sufficient surveillan

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has created the following guide to assist vets to collect appropriate samples during livestock disease investigations.

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