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Other livestock

There are many other livestock industries in NSW. Each has varying degrees of success and productivity. The following list includes some of those industries and their role in NSW livestock in general.

How Local Land Services can help

LLS work closely with organisations such as the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to provide up to date technical advice and support.

More specifically,  LLS collaborates with DPI to implement  strategic plans such as the NSW Animal Biosecurity and  Welfare Strategic Plan 2013-2015. The aim of this plan is to safeguard the economy, environment and community from diseases and pests that affect animals as well as improve animal welfare outcomes.

Training and courses

LLS experts are pivotal in the delivery of education programs such as the PROfarm range of short  courses, including

  • Goat care and management
  • Beginning in bees, Beekeeping as a business, Queen bee breeding
  • Horse care and handling, Heavy horse care and handling
  • Poultry care for the home flock
  • Stock safe – safe responsible livestock handling
  • Prograze
  • Fencing

Advice and assistance

Call 1300 795 299 for assistance from your Local Land Services region.

Goats

The goat industry in NSW is made up of milking herds and boer herds and is growing in popularity.

Western NSW producers believe the Australian goat meat industry is evolving rapidly and continuing to grow, with producers, depot operators and processors increasingly committed to developing supply chains that deliver a quality product to consumers. There is significant potential for growth in the goat industry, provided inputs remain low and the industry can maintain a simple flow structure between farm and markets.

Goat meat is the most widely consumed meat in the world. There are few, if any, religious taboos limiting goat meat consumption. Goat meat is an important component of the traditions of the Hindu and Muslim faiths, being readily consumed on specific holidays.

Despite being a relatively small producer of goat meat, Australia is the largest exporter of goat meat and live goats in the world, exporting to the US and Taiwan for meat and Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines for live export. Many of the markets into which goat meat is sold are price sensitive.

Honey bees

Honey bees play an essential role in agriculture, not only producing honey and beeswax but also pollinating a vast number of food crops.
Beekeeping is a unique primary industry, as it depends on native flora for the majority of its production.

All beekeepers in NSW must register with the government for a number of safety reasons, including the need for disease and pest control, alerting registered beekeepers to disease or pest outbreaks, disease or pest tracing and ownership of hives.

Pigs

NSW is the largest producer and exporter of pork and pork products in Australia. There are approximately 500 commercial piggeries in NSW with about 90 000 sows.

When planning a new piggery or expanding an existing unit, it is important to first contact the planning department of your local council for information on how to lodge a development application (DA) under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The National Environmental Guidelines for Piggeries can be found on the Australian Pork Limited (APL) website (under Issues watch / Environment).

To maintain viability, producers must strive to reduce their costs and try to identify stable markets, preferably with long-term contracts.

The pork industry is undergoing considerable change which threatens the survival of pork producers and support industries.

Poultry

The poultry industry in NSW is a vital element of the agricultural sector in NSW. The poultry industry produces meat, eggs and other quality products such as goose down. Various breeds of fowls, ducks, turkeys, geese, quail and pheasants are kept in domestic or farm environments.

Poultry can be affected by a variety of diseases and parasites. The two most serious diseases that must be kept out of poultry flocks are Newcastle disease and avian influenza. A strict hygiene program is required to keep diseases out of poultry. 

Farm rabbits

In the past, the Australian rabbit industry was based on harvesting wild rabbits. It is now legal to farm rabbits in all states except Queensland and the Northern Territory.

The NSW rabbit industry is still in the development stage, with an increasing number of small-scale producers. Many producers are selling breeding stock as well as rabbits for slaughter. The trend is for rabbit farms to locate in areas where processing plants are established or proposed, to reduce the costs and problems associated with transporting rabbits.

It is expected that the rabbit industry will increase by about 10% per year from 2013. Previously increases were mainly due to increases in farm sizes rather than introduction of new entrants.

When planning a new rabbit facility or expanding an existing unit, it is important to first contact the planning department of your local council for information on how to lodge a development application (DA).