Livestock research & development

To support the economic development of the livestock industries, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development undertakes a range of research and development activities in collaboration with producers, other research groups and industry.

Much of this research is undertaken on a co-funded basis supported by the relevant research and development corporations, Federal government or private industry. Where appropriate, this research is undertaken on farm or, in the case of more basic research, undertaken at one of the department's research stations: 

  • Great Southern Agriculture Research Institute, Katanning (sheep)
  • Mount Barker Research Station (sheep)
  • Medina Research Station (pigs and sheep)
  • Vasse Research Station (dairy).

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  • 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.

  • 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

  • This project focuses on finding indicator traits that could be used to select indirectly for resistance to breech strike in Merino sheep in winter rainfall regions.

  • The information nucleus flock was established by the Sheep Cooperative Research Centre in 2007 to transform wool and meat production of the Australian sheep industry to develop more accurate breedi

  • In collaboration with the Moredun Research Institute (United Kingdom), the world’s first sheep worm vaccine has been produced at the Albany parasitology laboratories.

  • Established in 2003, EverGraze was designed to develop, test and implement new farming systems based on perennials in a range of environments across the high rainfall zone of southern Australia.

  • This research investigates improving the conversion of available feed into kilograms of lamb weaned per kilogram of ewe joined, an increased understanding of the efficient conversion of feed into w

  • Our vision is a profitable and sustainable future for all sectors of the Western Australian (WA) pork industry underpinned by four strategic goals: increase consum

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DDLS) - Animal Pathology, Western Australia (formerly DAFWA Animal Health Laboratories) provides a vari

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