Following a review of the Government's involvement in the meat industry during 1985, the Marketing of Lamb Act 1971 was amended through the Parliament and assented to in January 1986.
Operationally, the WALMB merged with the marketing division of the Western Australian Meat Commission (WAMC) and was renamed to the Western Australian Meat Marketing Corporation.
With this merger the Corporation took on the additional responsibilities of trading in other meat on a normal commercial basis.
The Robb Jetty Abattoir, formally operated by WAMC, was closed in 1994 and the Corporation contracted the slaughter of its stock to Metro Meat International Limited, utilising their Linley Valley and Katanning plants. Carcasses were transferred to the Corporation's Spearwood plant for further processing.
On July 1st 1994 there was a fundamental change to the Corporation's role. From that date, lambs slaughtered for domestic consumption were exempted from the provisions of the Marketing of Meat Act, effectively deregulating the domestic market.
The Corporation's role thus became that of "single desk" exporter of Western Australian lamb and exporter of other meats.
In September 1997 , as part of the Corporation's newly developed strategic plan, the Corporation announced a new name and logo. The brand name WAMMCO International was thus established. The logo represents a producer: the reason for the Corporation?s existence.
A fundamental change to the lamb industry was foreshadowed in 1998 when the State Government announced it intended to abolish the acquisition powers for export lamb and to privatise the Corporation.