Livestock & animals

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia’s (DAFWA) supply chain support, research and development and rigorous biosecurity systems underpin the economic success of Western Australia’s (WA) 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 independent review of the investment in and administration of the Animal Welfare Act 2002 has been completed and the Report was tabled in State Parliament by the Minister for Agricultu

  • The Western Australian Stock Brand and PIC Register is maintained by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

  • Lifetimewool was a national research, development and extension project that delivered profitable and practical guidelines for managing Merino ewes in the Australian wool industry.

  • Options for control of winter broad leaved weeds, in pastures, is a common inquiry. A fairly reliable method is spray grazing.

  • Pasture manipulation is the application of herbicides for grass control early in the growing season (autumn or early winter).

    It is often the preferred option for grass control.

  • Pastures and fodder crops are contaminated with organochlorines (OCs) such as dieldrin and DDT through direct contact with contaminated soil and also a small risk exists for root uptake of OCs.

  • The persistent nature of organochlorine (OC) residues in soils is an ongoing issue for livestock producers. Sheep are susceptible to the accumulation of OC residues.

  • Keeping pigs as pets or for production can be an extremely rewarding experience.

  • This tool can be used to estimate the supplementary feed requirements of a sheep enterprise for a single year. 

  • This tool can be used to calculate the supplementary feed for low green feed.

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