Broader picture for sheep health
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, managed by Animal Health Australia 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.
“The NSHMP checks carcases and offal for 19 different conditions which hurt the producers’ bottom line, but which are often not visible on-farm,” AHA’s Senior Manager – Biosecurity Dr Rob Barwell 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.”
Previously, some state departments of agriculture or primary industries have mailed NSHMP or EASP reports to producers, however this process has been improved with the addition of NSHMP data to Integrity Systems Company’s Livestock Data Link (LDL) portal.
LDL is a way for producers to access feedback on livestock performance and any potential health issues that might require management.