Na­tional sheep data avail­able to pro­duc­ers

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

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

Na­tional Sheep Health Mon­i­tor­ing Project, NSHMP, is col­lect­ing data for the project man­aged by An­i­mal Health Aus­tralia, AHA, with sup­port from Sheep Pro­duc­ers Aus­tralia and Wool­pro­duc­ers Aus­tralia.

NSHMP has been work­ing in abat­toirs na­tion­wide for more than a decade, gath- er­ing data on a range of dis­eases and other con­di­tions which im­pact pro­duc­ers’ prof­its.

AHA se­nior biose­cu­rity man­ager Rob Bar­well said the NSHMP checked car­casses and of­fal for 19 dif­fer­ent con­di­tions which hurt pro­duc­ers’ bot­tom line, but which were of­ten in­vis­i­ble on-farm.

Dur­ing the 2017-18 fi­nan­cial year NSHMP in­spected 28,666 lines in 12 abat­toirs, to­tal­ing 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 more pro­duc­ers than ever can ac­cess their sheep health data and be­gin iden­ti­fy­ing and manag­ing con­di­tions in their flock that hit them in the hip pocket.”

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

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