Livestock & animals

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development supply chain support, research and development and rigorous biosecurity systems underpin the economic success of Western Australia’s livestock industries. In 2011/12, the WA livestock industries contributed 26% of the state’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry production, worth approximately $2 billion at the farm gate.

WA is a world leader in live exports, super fine wool production and dryland sheep and grain systems. Both cattle and sheep systems are focused on export markets to Asia and the Middle East. WA also has innovative, world-class integrated dairy and pork industries meeting local and South East Asian demand for safe, fresh milk and pork. The WA poultry industry is growing strongly as a result of increasing domestic consumption.

Global demand for high-quality, safe animal protein and products produced according to high animal welfare standards will continue to rise in coming years. Increasingly DAFWA will partner with industry -- locally, nationally and internationally -- in transformational business projects to capitalise on this demand.

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  • These maps are generated from remote sensing data to estimate pasture feed on offer (FOO) as kilograms of dry matter per hectare, and plant (pasture and crop) growth rates as kilograms of dry matte

  • After a fire, agisting livestock away from affected properties may be an option.

  • Kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestimun) is a subtropical perennial grass with spring to autumn growth.

  • Feel like you’re dealing with your flock around the clock? Maybe it’s time to get yourself a better deal.

  • Examination of agricultural regions of Victoria where lamb backgrounding is established suggests that there is some potential for the high-rainfall south west region of Western Australia to profita

  •  ‘One Health’ is an internationally supported approach that recognises that the health and well-being of animals, people and the environment are closely linked and that international, national and

  • The demand for high value agricultural produce continues to increase and provides great opportunity to Australian agriculture.

  • The adoption of genetic technologies activity is part of the Sheep Industry Business Innovation project and is currently providing a range of tools that will help sheep producers introduce genetic

  • Three thousand pregnant ewes on a three hectare feedlot, 180% lambing from precision vision management, ‘no hounds more pounds’ and single-use vehicles were but a snapshot of some of the innovative

  • In a dry season where feed and finances are limited, producers may look to cull the less productive animals as soon as possible.

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