Livestock management

Management of livestock must take into account variable seasonal factors, fluctuating markets and declining terms of trade. The most successful producers have a good knowledge of market requirements, matching product quality to suit. There are many factors that can determine the productivity and profitability of a livestock enterprise. These include the supply and quality of feedstuffs, the use of the most appropriate genetics, ensuring high health standards, optimising housing or environmental conditions, meeting quality assurance requirements, and having a sound knowledge of market requirements. This requires good communication along the value chain.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has technical expertise in a range of areas related to livestock management but acknowledges that there are many other sources of information that producers should be encouraged to seek out. There are many grower groups who play an important role in encouraging discussion amongst producers to improve adoption of new technology, as do private consultants and university scientists.

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  • Fire is integral to many ecosystems in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • Climate change will affect each pastoral region in different ways.

  • There are many benefits from monitoring and assessing pastoral rangeland condition, and monitoring can be done at several levels to meet the needs of rangeland managers, researchers and government

  • This information is a resource for pastoral lessees, station managers and others to help identify plants and assess pasture condition and trend in the shrublands of Western Australia.

  • Rangeland regeneration has the potential to sequester large amounts of carbon because of the large areas involved. Pastoral regeneration would also have extensive environmental benefits.

  • Mulga bluebush (Maireana convexa) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • Turpentine bush (Eremophila fraseri) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • Warty-leaf eremophila (Eremophila latrobei) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • Sandbank poverty bush (Eremophila margarethae) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

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