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

  • 27 September 2016

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 January 2017

    Dry pastures in Western Australia provide good early feed after senescence but rapidly become unable to maintain stock.

  • 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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