Data to help sheep pro­duc­ers

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Na­tional Sheep Health Mon­i­tor­ing Project sets new records and pro­vides eas­ier ac­cess to data.

Printed by Robert El­lis, your WISS LTD Wool Bro­ker lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Phone: (03) 9369 2077 or Mo­bile: 0417 334 659.

Sheep pro­duc­ers can now see a broader pic­ture of the health of their flock, us­ing car­case data from pro­cess­ing plants around the coun­try.

The data is col­lected by the Na­tional Sheep Health Mon­i­tor­ing Project (NSHMP), man­aged by An­i­mal Health Aus­tralia (AHA) and sup­ported by Sheep Pro­duc­ers Aus­tralia and WoolPro­duc­ers Aus­tralia. NSHMP has been ac­tive in abat­toirs na­tion­wide for over a decade, gather­ing data on a range of dis­eases and other con­di­tions which im­pact pro­duc­ers’ prof­its through in­creased pro­cess­ing waste and de­creased pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gions South Aus­tralia has also contributed data to NSHMP via the En­hanced Abat­toir Sur­veil­lance Pro­gram (EASP).

“The NSHMP checks car­cases and of­fal for 19 dif­fer­ent con­di­tions which hurt the pro­duc­ers’ bot­tom line, but which are of­ten not vis­i­ble on-farm,” Dr Rob Bar­well, AHA’s Se­nior Man­ager, Biose­cu­rity said.

“Pro­duc­ers can also re­quest in­spec­tion for ovine Johne’s dis­ease in sheep over two years of age at par­tic­i­pat­ing abat­toirs.”

Dur­ing the 2017-18 fi­nan­cial year, NSHMP cap­tured data from a record num­ber of sheep, hav­ing in­spected 28,666 lines in 12 abat­toirs, to­talling more than 6.7 mil­lion sheep.

“That’s roughly one in ev­ery five sheep pro­cessed in Aus­tralia for that pe­riod, which is a huge achieve­ment for the project,” Dr Bar­well said.

“This means that more pro­duc­ers than ever can ac­cess their sheep health data and be­gin iden­ti­fy­ing and man­ag­ing con­di­tions in their flock which hit them in the hip pocket.”

Up un­til now, some state de­part­ments of agri­cul­ture or pri­mary in­dus­tries have mailed NSHMP or EASP re­ports to pro­duc­ers, how­ever this process has now been im­proved with the ad­di­tion of NSHMP data to In­tegrity Sys­tems Com­pany’s Live­stock Data Link (LDL) por­tal.

“LDL cur­rently has around 6,500 prop­er­ties who are able to ac­cess their sheep health data as well as in­for­ma­tion about any con­di­tions that might be be­ing seen in their in­spected sheep,” Dr Bar­well said.

“This means they have ac­cess to up-to-date in­for­ma­tion which can guide them in mak­ing man­age­ment changes or us­ing pre­ven­ta­tive treat­ments on-farm to avoid fu­ture losses due to trim­ming or con­dem­na­tions at the abat­toir.”

LDL is a free and con­ve­nient way for pro­duc­ers to ac­cess feed­back on how their live­stock are per­form­ing and any po­ten­tial dis­ease or health is­sues that might re­quire man­age­ment on-farm.

More in­for­ma­tion about the NSHMP is avail­able at: https://www.an­i­mal­healthaus­tralia.com.au/nshmp/

Pro­duc­ers can find out more about LDL at https://www.mla.com.au/re­search-and-de­vel­op­ment/live­stock-data-link/.

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