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.


  • The care and use of animals in Western Australia are subject to provisions of the Animal Welfare Act 2002 (the Act), which provides for the welfare, safety, and health of animals used for

  • Wind and water erosion risk is increased where fire removes groundcover and some seed reserves.

  • In support of the State Government’s commitment to reducing industry emissions and mitigating climate change, DPIRD commissioned a life cycle assessment (LCA) for beef production in Western Austral

  • The Farm Debt Mediation Scheme in Western Australia is available to assist farm and pastoral businesses and financial institutions resolve disputes about business financial arrangements.

  • DPIRD recognises the importance of reducing emissions in agricultural systems and are dedicated to implementing sustainable practices that mitigate environmental impacts while contributing to incre

  • Beekeepers in Western Australia are encouraged to regularly check their hives for pests and diseases and report their findings.

  • A number of tools and resources are available for owners and carers of animals, community groups and Local Governments, to help prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies that may impact

  • The adoption of mandatory electronic identification (eID) for sheep and goats is a way of improving traceability pra

  • In a dry season where feed, water and finances are limited, removing less productive animals as soon as possible is a good option.

  • Climate change is a pressing global issue that creates both challenges and opportunities for Western Australia.

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