Western Australian Beef Commentary

Current herd situation in WA

As evident in Figure 1 below, the Western Australian beef cattle herd has been undergoing a growth phase since 2012/13. The total herd has increased 14% between 2013/14 and 2014/15 from 1.97 million head to 2.24 million head. The number of female cattle in the herd has also increased 14% year on year.  Currently the herd is the largest it has been since 2005/06.

Time series illustrating the changes in the size of the WA beef cattle herd between 2005/06 and 2014/15 along with the number of cows and heifers in the flock and the total turn-off.  In 2005/06 the total beef herd was 2.28 million. It fell to 2.01 millio
Figure 1 Closing number of beef cattle and number of cows and heifers in the Western Australian herd and total turn-off (slaughter plus live export) by year (Based on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), analysed by the Department of Food and Agriculture, WA (DAFWA))