The New South Wales sheep health monitoring program (2006-2012)

Ian Links, R Barwell

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THE NEW SOUTH WALES SHEEP HEALTH MONITORING PROGRAM (2006-2012)Links, I J 1, Barwell, R21 EH Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650 Australia2 NSW Department of Primary Industries, Wagga Wagga, AustraliaAIM: The NSW Sheep Health Monitoring Program was initiated in January 2006 with sheep from NSW properties ultimately monitored in 12 abattoirs in eastern Australia. The aim was to collect (and report back to producers) baseline data for a range of diseases and conditions that can affect flock productivity and product quality/value at slaughter, have animal welfare implications or are zoonotic (hydatids).METHODS: Trained meat inspectors examined the viscera of direct consignments of adult sheep for a wide range of conditions. Inspection of lambs was introduced in 2012. Inspection sheets were faxed daily to Wagga and entered into a Microsoft Access Database. From August 2010 data was uploaded to the national Endemic Disease Information System (EDIS) maintained by Animal Health Australia with password protected access to state jurisdictions. The distribution of the more common conditions was mapped based on the locality of origin. Utilising the unique Property Identification Code (PIC) recorded against each consignment, the property of origin and local government area were identified. The PIC also enabled producers to be notified by mail in a trial project in 2008-2009. Routine reporting of consignments commenced in 2012 (retrospective for inspections since January 2010). District Veterinarians with Livestock Health & Pest Authorities received details of individual consignments in Excel.RESULTS: From 2006 - June 2012, 14,760 direct consignments comprising 3.7m individually inspected adult sheep.The conditions monitored included liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica) â€Â' 27.9% of consignments, 8.3% of sheep; Bladder Worm (Cysticercus tenuicollis) â€Â' 69%, 18.2%; hydatids (Echinococcus granulosis) â€Â' 1.7%, 0.15%; caseous lymphadenitis (CLA) â€Â' 34.2%,
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInternational Sheep Veterinary Congress (ISVC) - Rotorua, New Zealand, New Zealand
Duration: 18 Feb 201322 Feb 2013

Conference

ConferenceInternational Sheep Veterinary Congress (ISVC)
CountryNew Zealand
Period18/02/1322/02/13

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