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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  • Cattle producers in the shires of Albany, Denmark and Plantagenet in Western Australia have the opportunity to join a new pilot SMS surveillance network for cattle diseases.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is working closely with the Western Australian industry to manage the immediate impacts of this situation and support the devel

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development estimates up to 200,000 WA sheep had been destined for live export over coming months.

  • In the latest development, the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has suspended the live export licence of EMS.  This is in addition to the suspension of Emanuel Exports’

  • The live export trade of sheep from Western Australia is worth $210 million (2017).  The industry is undergoing significant pressures as a response to a number of recent poor welfare outcomes and m

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is working to support Western Australia’s sheep industry following the recent suspension of Emanuel Exports’ live export licence and th

  • The Northern Australia Biosecurity Surveillance (NABS) project is a coordinated surveillance program to enhance the early detection of exotic disease incursions and to provide sufficient surveillan

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has created the following guide to assist vets to collect appropriate samples during livestock disease investigations.

  • The WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) recognises the need for significant immediate improvements to ensure the welfare of animals exported from this State.

  • The Sheep research, development and innovation plan 2018-2025 will set out the investment priorities and the ways of working for the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's (DPI

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