Enhanced Abattoir Surveillance Program

The Enhanced Abattoir Surveillance program provides health condition and disease feedback to South Australian producers that has been detected at Thomas Foods International abattoirs.

The program helps producers:

  • improve sheep health and welfare
  • maximise farm productivity
  • increase profits

and assists the industry with:

  • reducing waste
  • trade access and market opportunities
  • sheep health and disease research.

Download the Enhanced Abattoir Surveillance fact sheet (PDF 161.4 KB) for more information.

How abattoir surveillance works

Data is collected on the abattoir slaughter floor by meat inspectors (Australian Government Authorised Officers).

For each line of sheep an estimate of the percentage of the line affected by a health condition or disease is recorded.

This information is entered into a database at the abattoir and sent to Primary Industries and Regions SA. Information is then checked to make sure the Property Identification Code and owner details provided by the abattoir match the registration database.

Communication with producers

Producers will only be contacted if a health condition or disease is detected in their sheep.

They will receive:

  • a letter stating what condition or disease has been found
  • the percentage of animals affected
  • a fact sheet about the condition or disease.

Only those South Australian producers who send sheep directly to the abattoir receive results from the Enhanced Abattoir Surveillance program.

Information is not sent about sheep:

  • purchased by the abattoir through saleyards
  • from interstate producers.

Monitored diseases and conditions

Learn more about the diseases and conditions monitored by the program.

Impact from the diseases and conditions may be seen:

  • on farm, through:
    • reduced reproductivity
    • cost of treatment
    • culling
  • at the abattoir, through:
    • trimming
    • downgrading
    • penalties
    • condemnations.

Participating abattoirs

The Enhanced Abattoir Surveillance program operates at Thomas Foods International export abattoirs at:

  • Murray Bridge
  • Lobethal.

Program funding

The Enhanced Abattoir Surveillance program is funded by the South Australian Sheep Industry Fund. Some assistance is provided through the National sheep industry through Animal Health Australia.

Benefits of data collection

The data collected from the program is also used for whole of industry benefit.

Data is used to assist research and seasonal and regional trends are presented to industry stakeholders through:

  • producer presentations and workshops
  • newsletters
  • newspaper articles
  • reports.

All data is private. No producers are identified when data is used for research or reports.

Annual report

Benchmarking reports

These documents provide valuable data to help producers measure their animal health performance against others within their region.

2017 Benchmarking Report - All SA Regions (PDF 2.0 MB)


Dr Allison Crawley
Program Manager, Enhanced Abattoir Surveillance
Phone: (08) 8429 0866
Email: allison.crawley@sa.gov.au

33 Flemington Street, Glenside
GPO Box 1671, Adelaide, SA 5001
Phone: (08) 8207 7900

Page Last Reviewed: 03 Jan 2018
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