National sheep data available to producers
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/.