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.

The program assists the industry with:

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

Download the Enhanced Abattoir Surveillance Fact Sheet (PDF 471.1 KB or DOCX 719.8 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

All lines with conditions or diseases detected will receive postal feedback in addition to email feedback if they have a current email address listed against their Property Identification Code (PIC) number registered with Primary Industries and Regions SA.

Postal feedback includes:

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

Clean line results (those lines without any conditions or diseases detected at 5% or more of the line) will be supplied by email only. And clean line feedback only occurs for producers who have a current email address listed against their Property Identification Code (PIC) number registered with Primary Industries and Regions SA.

Only 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 fact sheets

View fact sheets 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 abattoir at Lobethal.

Program funding

Funding for the EAS program is provided by the South Australian Sheep Industry Fund, Animal Health Australia (AHA) and the MLA Donor Company (MDC) a fully-owned subsidiary of Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).

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 that is collected is considered private and is stored securely. It is not distributed to third parties without data release approvals which maintains confidentiality. No producers are identified when data is used for research or reports. However, if you wish to permanently opt out of this surveillance programme, please email PIRSA.EAS@sa.gov.au. If you choose this option, it will not be possible to choose voluntary OJD abattoir inspections.

Annual report

Benchmarking reports

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

2019 Benchmarking Report – all SA regions (PDF 6.5 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

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