Valuable animal health and disease information provided by the National Sheep Health Monitoring Project is now available via the online carcase feedback system, Livestock Data Link.
The NSHMP, which commenced in 2007, monitors sheep carcases in abattoirs for animal health conditions that reduce profit across the value chain through productivity losses and/or increases in meat processing wastage.
Monitoring currently occurs in 14 domestic and export processing plants for a range of sheep production health and welfare conditions, with the intent to get more processors involved in the program.
In the past 12 months, NSHMP reports have been posted at varying intervals to sheep producers by state agriculture and primary industry departments.
LDL will change this process and allow timely feedback to producers through electronic means.
LDL was released to producers by Meat & Livestock Australia in 2015 to enable carcase performance to be analysed with results linked to a library of solutions on how to address animal health conditions on-farm.
This new, streamlined access to NSHMP information will provide rapid and timely information to producers to help fight against the estimated $116million in losses to industry incurred annually as a result of the diseases and other health conditions the NSHMP monitors.
Sheepmeat Council of Australia chief executive officer Kat Giles said the initial reports available in LDL focused on providing information such as number of animals processed, number inspected and the total number of health conditions observed.
‘‘Providing this basic information is a huge step forward and we will continue to work to improve functionality, and increase the capability of reports,’’ Dr Giles said.
WoolProducers Australia chief executive officer Jo Hall said the NSHMP provided data for up to 16 diseases and conditions to producers who send stock to be processed.
‘‘They include cheesy gland, grass seed lesions, hydatids, liver fluke, sheep measles, bladder worm and pneumonia,’’ Ms Hall said.