National Sheep Health Monitoring Project – Fact Sheets
The National Sheep Health Monitoring Project (NSHMP) commenced in 2007 to monitor lines of adult sheep in abattoirs for animal health conditions that reduce farm profit through productivity losses or increase meat processing wastage.
Monitoring occurs in 14 domestic and export processing plants located in all states. Lines of adult sheep are monitored by qualified meat inspectors and company-based personnel for a range of livestock production health and welfare conditions. The data from the monitoring is collected and entered into a national database. Some state jurisdictions provide producers with individual animal health status reports on the lines inspected.
The project aims to:
- monitor adult sheep for a range of significant animal health diseases and conditions which reduce productivity in the sheep value chain or can impact market access
- provide feedback to producers about the conditions occurring in their flock
- 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 to drive further improvements in Australia’s animal health status, improve human health, maximise market access, improve profitability, inform future investment into R&D using producer levies, and enhance biosecurity enhance productivity within the sheep value chain by improving the quality of product entering the chain
- enhance productivity within the sheep value chain by improving the quality of product entering the chain.
LBN has prepared a range of sheep fact sheets which provide practical approaches to reducing disease on farm. Click on the links below to download the fact sheets: