Sheep

The key products of the Western Australian sheep industry are wool, sheepmeat (lamb and mutton) and live sheep. At around 14.2 million sheep, the Western Australian flock turns off approximately 5.7 million sheep and lambs for meat and live export as well as 72 million kilograms of greasy wool (primarily for export markets) annually.

The Merino is the most common breed of sheep in Western Australia (WA), making up 80% of the WA flock. The remainder are ‘British breeds’ or so-called maternal breeds, meat specific breeds such as Dorpers and some breeds for specialty meat and fibre markets.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia’s (DAFWA) current focus is on increasing lamb supply, improving the productivity, welfare and sustainability of sheep production and developing and extending targeted information products and services to generate practice change. In an effort to increase the marking rate of lambs, DAFWA, in collaboration with industry, has developed the More Sheep initiative.

 

Articles

  • 13 May 2016

    Sheep are supplementary fed for either survival or production purposes. Efficient supplementary feeding should aim to supply sheep with a diet that is sufficient in energy and protein.

  • 7 December 2016

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

  • 10 January 2017

    To make sure that any chemical application doesn’t leave you short on protection or break your withholding periods, the Flystrike Chemical Planner (a hand-held paper-based tool) and the Flystrike A

  • 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

  • 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

    Application of fertiliser nitrogen to pasture in winter can increase the dry matter production of grasses and broadleaf weeds.

  • 9 May 2016

    Overgrazing of annual pastures in autumn can lead to a significant reduction in pasture seedling density, especially within the first 12 days after the break of season.

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