MORE sheep producers have access to carcass data to inform their animal health management strategy than ever, according to the National Sheep Health Monitoring Project.
Animal Health Australia said the data empowers produce to make decisions about how to manage sheep health conditions and boost their bottom line.
Sheep health data is collected in abattoirs throughout Australia via the NSHMP, managed by AHA, and supported by Sheep Producers Australia and WoolProducers Australia. Primary Industries and Regions South Australia also contributes data through the Enhanced Abattoir Surveillance Program.
NSHMP and EASP data helps form a broader picture of the prevalence of health conditions which impact profitability through decreased productivity and increased processing waste.
AHA’s senior manager biosecurity Dr Rob Barwell said we are on the lookout for 19 common health conditions that impact sheep production or cause carcasses to be trimmed or condemned.
In the 2018-19 financial year, NSHMP monitored close to 40,000 lines totalling 8.7 million sheep. This is another new record for the project, representing a 30pc increase on the previous year.
“This year there was more than 9500 properties who now have a better understanding of the hidden health conditions impacting their flock.
“That’s 9500 businesses which are better able to manage animal health to increase their productivity and earn a better price for their animals,” Dr Barwell said.
Producers have access to NSHMP data through the Livestock Data Link portal, run by the Integrity Systems Company.
LDL is a free and convenient way for producers to access feedback on how their livestock are performing and any potential disease or health issues that might require management on-farm.
“We’re excited to see as many producers as possible accessing data which guides their management strategies.
“If you haven’t accessed LDL to see your health data, now is the best time to start,” said Dr Barwell.
More information about the NSHMP is available at here.
Producers can find out more about LDL here.
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