Economic impact

OJD infection can result in significant economic losses on infected farms due to sheep deaths, lost production and trading restrictions. Owners of flocks that are infected with OJD who undertake no appropriate management measures will, over time, experience heavy production losses and deaths as the level of infection within the flock increases. Annual death rates in infected Australian sheep flocks of up to 25% annually have been seen and, in a self-replacing flock, the lambing percentages can fall to an unsustainable level.

More information is available from Meat & Livestock Australia’s brochure on the Economic Impact of OJD.