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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  • A?little knowledge of the nutritional value of your supplementary feeds can save you a lot of money and hassle.?In dry seasons in particular,?it is likely that farmers will need to start supplement

  • The way the sheep enterprise is managed, including?infrastructure and the pasture system, will influence the profitability of the enterprise and be reflected in the cost of production and the labou

  • Sheep pregnancy scanning occurs at around 90 days after joining and is performed by a skilled operator using an ultrasound scanner.

  • Use this tool to determine the impact on flock structure over six years of changes made to retaining or selling classes of sheep or changing the weaning ratio.

  • Reproduction rates (foetuses per ewe joined) across the WA flock vary hugely and??depend?on seasonal conditions and nutrition.? Marking rates in 2017 across the agricultural region for Merinos was

  • Selling or changing breeding numbers can have a profound impact on the on-going structure of the flock.? It is important to determine the changes to the flock over many years to understand the impa

  • Itch mites are small, barely visible parasites of sheep; they live on the skin surface and cause rubbing and fleece chewing in a small proportion of infested animals.

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

  • Managing manure to reduce emissions can be economically viable for larger enterprises or cooperative facilities that use the captured methane to generate heat and electricity.

  • In poor growing seasons, crops may not be good enough to harvest.? Managers need to make some tough decisions, after assessing feed value for livestock, potential weed seed set, level of herbicide

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