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Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4

Keywords

Sheep, Sea transport, Feed intake, Survival, Mortality, Feeding behaviour, Nutritional disorders, Live sheep exports

First Page Number

131

Last Page Number

148

Abstract

Australia's live sheep trade to Middle Eastern countries is an important export industry. However, about 2 per cent of the sheep die, mainly during the sea voyage. The Western Australian Department of Agriculture has conducted a major research programme to improve the health and welfare of sheep during live export. The programme has'examined many aspects of the export sheep industry, and a substantial part of it has focused on why sheep die during sea transport.