Sheep Health

AHWNI is developing a coordinated project to support the Northern Ireland sheep industry.  The aim of this project is to address endemic sheep diseases through:

·         Engaging with all groups within Northern Ireland with interests in sheep production.

·         Developing a suite of information for farmers on the major disease threats to the local industry.

·         Designing and offering an online platform to facilitate flock health plans.

·         Exploring options on developing coordinated strategies for the control of major sheep diseases.

The Sheep Health work programme aims to reduce the financial, welfare and environmental impacts of endemic sheep diseases and the effects they may have on supply chains.

The vision for this work is:

To facilitate ongoing improvement in managing the health of the Northern Ireland flock that sustains efficient production and ongoing market access.

The purpose of this work is to provide a regionally integrated approach to sheep health conditions and biosecurity for the Northern Ireland sheep industry.

The objectives of this project are:

  1. Improve the implementation of strategies and processes that prevent infection spread within and between flocks.

  2. Provide farmers with access to accurate and clear information on the control and prevention of endemic diseases.

  3. Develop IT tools to assist flock owners on managing and preventing infectious diseases.




Associated Programmes BVD Programme Johne's Disease Programme

Developed and led by Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute Agricultural and Rural Development AgriSearch Animal Health and Welfare NI The Association of Veterinary Surgeons Practicing in Northern Ireland College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise Dairy Breed Societies Livestock and Meat Commission National Beef Association Northern Ireland Agricultural Producers Association NI Livestock Auctioneers Association NIVA Ulster Farmers Union


Animal Health and Welfare NI, Unit 49, Dungannon Enterprise Centre, 5 Coalisland, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, BT71 6JT

Telephone:028 79639333