What is the National Sheep Health Monitoring Project?

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 most states, and now also includes inspection of lamb consignments.

The project aims to:

  • 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.

For more information on the NSHMP please visit https://www.animalhealthaustralia.com.au/what-we-do/disease-surveillance/national-sheep-health-monitoring-program/.