Sheep

The key products of the Western Australian sheep industry are wool, sheepmeat (lamb and mutton) and live sheep. At around 14.2 million sheep, the WA flock turns off approximately 5.7 million sheep and lambs for meat and live export as well as 72 million kilograms of greasy wool (primarily for export markets) annually.

The Merino is the most common breed of sheep in WA, making up 80% of the state's flock. The remainder are ‘British breeds’ or so-called maternal breeds, meat specific breeds such as Dorpers and some breeds for specialty meat and fibre markets.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's current focus is on increasing lamb supply, improving the productivity, welfare and sustainability of sheep production and developing and extending targeted information products and services to generate practice change. In an effort to increase the marking rate of lambs, the department, in collaboration with industry, has developed the More Sheep initiative.

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  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is continuing to monitor and respond to changes in the live export environment which impact the Western Australian sheep industry.

  • The 2018 season brought challenging times for sheep producers in Western Australia (WA) and there were wide reports of low lambing rates.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is continuing to monitor and respond to changes in the live export environment which impact the Western Australian sheep industry.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is working closely with the Western Australian industry to manage the immediate impacts of this situation and support the devel

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development estimates up to 200,000 WA sheep had been destined for live export over coming months.

  • In the latest development, the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has suspended the live export licence of EMS.  This is in addition to the suspension of Emanuel Exports’

  • The live export trade of sheep from Western Australia is worth $210 million (2017). The industry is undergoing significant change and industry and government are working cooperatively to improve tr

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is working to support Western Australia’s sheep industry following the recent suspension of Emanuel Exports’ live export licence and th

  • The WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) recognises the need for significant immediate improvements to ensure the welfare of animals exported from this State.

  • Using electronic identification technology allows management of individual sheep by using automatic readers.

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