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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  • Based on its popularity and success over the last two years, the Sheep Supply Chain Training Program will be delivered again in 2019.

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

  • Wool growers can achieve their breeding objectives by retaining superior breeding stock and by choosing superior rams.

  • Ovine campylobacteriosis is an infectious disease of breeding ewes causing abortion in late pregnancy. It is caused by the bacteria Campylobacter fetus ssp. fetus.

  • Most of us benchmark our flock by eye; comparing our sheep with our neighbours' animals across the fence, or when talking with other farmers.

  • 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

  • The Sheep Industry Business Innovation (SIBI) on-farm technology pilot group was a group of mixed-enterprise producers who also run a sheep enterprise and implemented devices and systems to improve

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) led a project that supported the sheep industry to capitalise on growing markets for sheep products.

  • Dedicated value chains was a Sheep Industry Business Innovation (SIBI) subproject which consisted of four key tasks: value chain design, sheepmeat product development, placement of staff and schola

  • This Sheep Industry Business Innovation (SIBI) subproject  developed the necessary operations and infrastructure to support the existing facilities at the Katanning Research Facility (KRF), enablin

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