Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date


Conference Title

Australian Sheep Veterinarians Conference

Place of Publication

Sydney NSW


Sheep, disease surveillance, Western Australia


Sheep and Goat Science


A pilot study of sheep disease surveillance was conducted in 2014-2015 on four farms in the eastern wheatbelt of Western Australia. The participants observed their sheep, sufficiently closely to notice disease, at least every second day. Most of the disease syndrome reports related to fewer than five sheep, demonstrating that farmers noticed problems in individual sheep, and not only in groups of sheep. Of a total of 66 disease syndrome observations reported over 12 months, the three most frequently occurring syndromes were found dead + sudden death (combined), skin lesions, and lameness.