The following is a summary submitted with the application. The student’s abstract/thesis has not been received.
The most common clostridial diseases in the sheep industry in NSW are black leg, blacks disease, malignant oedema, pulpy kidney and tetanus. Despite common and routine use of vaccines for control and prevention of these diseases in the sheep industry in NSW, outbreaks of these diseases are still reported. This study aims to assess the usage of Clostridial vaccines by sheep farmers to help understand the different management decisions around their use and how this impacts the prevalence of these diseases within NSW. This will aid in establishing a body of knowledge regarding the uptake and usage of these vaccines within this area. Proper vaccination administration is a crucial aspect of sheep management in the control and prevention of these diseases and so identifying areas of concern regarding vaccination compliance on farms will help provide an insight into the potential causes for outbreaks and aid in the understanding of how these areas of concern should be approached for increased control and prevention of these diseases for sheep farmers in NSW.