June 22, 2017
New guide helps beef, sheep producers reduce livestock losses
A new guide for beef and sheep producers has been developed to help them use disease information recorded during inspection at the abattoir as a tool for assessing the health and welfare of their livestock on farm.
The "Abattoir Post-Mortem Conditions Guide", produced by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), gives livestock producers more information about the conditions inspected in the abattoir of their carcases and offal.
It also helps them use the data, together with their vets, to identify and address problem areas, especially when animals do not show any symptoms.
"Good use of post-mortem data can lead to better returns for producers by improving productivity and minimising the losses of saleable meat and offal", explained Ouafa Doxon, project manager, AHDB Beef & Lamb Collection and Communication of Inspection Results. "The guide gives an in-depth overview of the conditions, such as liver fluke, liver abscess and pneumonia. The booklet also contains information on the possible impact on productivity, and how to minimise future losses".
She encouraged producers to discuss post-mortem results received from the abattoir with their vet, so they are able to develop a strategy that helps protect the health of their herd or flock and reduces production losses both on farm and throughout the supply chain.