National Sheep Health Monitoring Project

The National Sheep Health Monitoring Project (NSHMP) is a joint project with Animal Health Australia, WoolProducers and Sheepmeat Council. The project commenced in 2007 to monitor lines of adult sheep in abattoirs for animal health conditions that reduce farm profit through productivity losses or wastage in meat processing plants through condemnations.

The aims of the NSHMP are:

  • Monitor sheep for a range of significant animal health diseases and conditions which reduce productivity in the sheep value chain or can impact on market access
  • Provide feedback to producers about the conditions occurring in their flock
  • Enhance productivity within the sheep value chain by improving the quality of product entering the chain
  • Explore options for a comprehensive and cost-effective animal disease monitoring/surveillance system and post-mortem inspection service that will provide accurate and timely animal health information.

Nineteen significant animal health conditions are monitored for throughout Australia. These are:

Grass seeds

Arthritis

Cheesy gland

Sheep measles

Lung worm

Pleurisy

Pneumonia

Vaccine Lesions

Bladder worm

 

Hydatids

Liver fluke

Dog bites

Knotty gut

Sarcocystis

Rib Fractures

Bruising

Cirrhosis

Nephritis

Fever/ Septicaemia

The NSHMP has generated a comprehensive and contemporary data set that provides a good indication of the animal health status of the Australian flock. This information can be used by governments, industry groups and processors to provide solid evidence in support of market access and demonstrates the quality of Australian product.For more information about these diseases, visit National Sheep Health Monitoring Program.

The information provided to individual producers can assist them improve their flocks’ productiveness and fine tune their animal health programs. For processors there is the opportunity to reduce product non-compliance, lifting productivity and reducing costs.

The data collected from this project is uploaded to the newly launched Livestock Data Link (LDL) and individual producer data can be viewed using the myMLA login. For more details on the LDL and how it works visit MLA’s website: Livestock Data Link

This data collation will lead to further improvements in Australia’s animal health status, maximised market access, improved profitability, informed future investment into R&D, and enhanced biosecurity.

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