Due to its extensive size, Australia has long had large-scale livestock grazing. Today the beef, sheep, diary, pork, and poultry industries are worth well over a billion dollars a year, both in meat and live export.

There are approximately 15 million sheep, two million head of beef cattle, and almost ten million chickens. Other farmed animals include horses, goats, alpacas, camels, bees, emus, salmon fisheries, and deer that service more boutique industries.

Consequently, the need for experts in animals is integral to Australia’s biosecurity and export industries.

Expertise in animals is a multidisciplinary field that involves studying how animals interact with each other, with native populations, with humans, and the rural environment which can quickly fluctuate from drought to flood to wildfire. Experts will usually specialise into the many different livestock and native species and then into fields such as the veterinary sciences, husbandry & breeding on farms, ecology and other environmental sciences, training (e.g. police horses, sniffer dogs), zookeeping, wrangling for movies and TV shows, relocating (e.g. when dangerous species threaten humans on the urban fringe).

At the bottom of this profile are brief details of a number of the experts that Expert Experts represents. Call our office to discuss your requirements and to obtain a recommendation that suits your needs and budget.

Expertise in Action

Animal experts are often asked to provide expert opinions regarding many issues in breeding, diseases, export, transportation issues, grazing & pasture management, genetics, parasites reduction, invasive species, nutrition, and environmental contamination.

Sample Reports

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The overall cost of expert opinion depends on the services required. Some of the key factors that affect the cost of advice include:

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  • Whether there are reports of other experts to be reviewed and commented on in detail
  • Whether there is a need for conferences with the expert either in person or by telephone/Skype
Relevant Articles Review of conditions for the export of sheep to the Middle East during the northern summer

Dr McCarthy was engaged by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources to advise on conditions (as specified in approved arrangements), any changes to the administration of ASEL and/or actions that would be required to assure health and welfare outcomes for sheep being transported to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer.

New free range egg laws have come into effect.

All free range egg producers in Australia are bound by a new information standard, applied under Australian Consumer Law (ACL). It's an enforceable policy, meaning the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) can prosecute producers who break the rules.

Relevant Cases Mitchell v Marshall [2014] TASSC 43

Charges of mismanagement and animal cruelty were filed against a dairy farm operator who was found to be in breach of sections 7, 8, and 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 1993.

Will v Brighton [2020] NSWCA 355 (23 December 2020)

Charges of animal cruelty amounting to 'intent to inflict severe pain' on a dog.

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A sample of our experts in Animals - General

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