In comparison to the beef and sheep industry, the majority of pork produced in Western Australia is consumed domestically, with only 20% exported.
The industry is valued at $130 million and contributes to 12% of the pork produced in Australia.
The wide availability of feed grain such as lupins and barley has strengthened the industry and enabled the production of high quality pork, right here in Western Australia!
Poultry is an important agricultural industry within Western Australia, producing both meat and eggs. As opposed to other commodities such as beef and pork, the domestic consumption of poultry has been steadily increasing in recent years. Poultry for meat production are produced using a range of systems including:
- Organic: the animals are not given any antibiotics or fed anything that has been exposed to pesticides or insecticides
- Free range: the animals have access to the outdoors
- Barn: chickens are grown in large sheds with straw material covering the floor
In comparison to other countries, no domestic chickens are grown in cages or fed growth enhancing hormones. To ensure the best welfare for Western Australian chickens, all producers must follow regulations set by the state and commonwealth government.
The West Australian goat industry is rather small, with majority of goat production occuring within the southern rangelands.
Despite it's size, the idustry is still valued at approximately $3.5 million per year.
It's estimated that only 10% of goat meat is consumed domestically while the rest is exported to international markets such as Asia and North America.