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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  • Severe skin itching in humans can be caused by bites from species of straw itch mite.

  • Big improvements in wild dog management and agricultural pest animal control resulted from Royalties for Regions funds allocated in 2010 and 2011.

  • As a landholder it is important to plan ahead for the coming season.

  • 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

  • Cattle producers regularly make visual assessments of their cattle.

  • Crops can be grazed by cattle and go on to produce acceptable yields. Utilising crops for grazing can help fill the autumn-winter feed gap and reduce the cost of supplementary feeding.

  • The genetic potential of pigs can have a major influence on the productivity and profitability of a pig enterprise.

  • Pigs encounter humans in varying degrees on farm and at the abattoir. The consequence of pigs being handled negatively before slaughter is a reduction in pork quality.

  • Mycotoxins are secondary toxic chemical products produced by organisms of fungal origin.

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