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


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

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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.