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.
Norris, Richard; Richards, Barry; and Higgs, Tony
"The live sheep export industry,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 31
, Article 2.
Available at: http://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol31/iss4/2