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 ( or ) 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
- at the abattoir, through:
The Enhanced Abattoir Surveillance program operates at Thomas Foods International export abattoirs at:
- Murray Bridge
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
- newspaper articles
All data is private. No producers are identified when data is used for research or reports.
These documents provide valuable data to help producers measure their animal health performance against others within their region.
- 2017 Benchmarking Report – Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu ( or )
- 2017 Benchmarking Report – Barossa and Lower North ( or )
- 2017 Benchmarking Report – Eyre Peninsula ( or )
- 2017 Benchmarking Report – Kangaroo Island ( or )
- 2017 Benchmarking Report – Lower-South East ( or )
- 2017 Benchmarking Report – Mid South East ( or )
- 2017 Benchmarking Report – Murray Mallee ( or )
- 2017 Benchmarking Report – Northern Pastoral ( or )
- 2017 Benchmarking Report – Upper South East ( or )
- 2017 Benchmarking Report – Yorke Peninsula and Mid-North ( or )
Dr Elise Matthews
Phone: (08) 8429 0700
Mobile: 0477 340 232
33 Flemington Street, Glenside
GPO Box 1671, Adelaide, SA 5001
Phone: (08) 8207 7900