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 WA 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 WA, making up 80% of the state's 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 Primary Industries and Regional Development's 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, the department, in collaboration with industry, has developed the More Sheep initiative.

Articles

  • 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

  • Inspection of the intestines and associated lymph nodes of adult sheep is one of the most sensitive and cost-effective ways of detecting early ovine Johne's disease (OJD) infection on a property.

  • Ovine Johne's disease (OJD) is a slow-moving, progressive disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium paratuberculosis.

  • Ovine Johne's disease (OJD) is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (commonly referred to as Mycobacterium paratuberculosis).

  • Ovine Johne's disease (OJD) is a serious wasting disease that affects mainly sheep, and to a lesser extent goats.

  • WA's first Signature Dish was chosen on WA Day, Monday 2 June.

    The winning dish was lamb cutlets with a lupin-based crust, accompanied by a sweet potato salad with Moroccan flavours.

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