Providing practical information to help you protect your farm from biosecurity risks

Assess your risk with revised Sheep Health Statement

July 2, 2013
inspecting sheep

Photo: Nicole Burns

The new National Sheep Health Statement (SHS) came into use on 1 July 2013. The statement helps producers manage a range of on-farm disease risks and provides important information when buying and selling stock.

The SHS provides pertinent information to enable producers to assess the risk of introducing new sheep. It encourages buyers to take responsibility for disease risks by making informed decisions about purchasing stock for their business.

Sheepmeat Council President Ian McColl said the SHS will help producers manage a range of on-farm disease risks and provide important information when buying and selling stock.

“It will encourage buyers to take responsibility for disease risks by making informed decisions about purchasing stock for their business,” Mr McColl said.

The SHS provides producers with information on flock history, footrot, lice and brucellosis as well as ovine Johne’s disease (OJD) vaccination and testing, helping buyers make informed purchasing decisions. Producers are strongly encouraged to use of the SHS – it can be downloaded from the Declarations and statements page or by calling 1800 332 312.

The SHS has been designed to be used nationally, however its use is voluntary everywhere except South Australia and Queensland. It features a series of ‘Yes / No’ questions to allow buyers to make biosecurity decisions about the risk of brucellosis, footrot, ovine Johne’s disease and lice.