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

Goats

You have an important role to play in protecting your property and the entire goat industry from biosecurity threats.

On this page, you will find the tools to implement the simple, everyday biosecurity practices to protect the health of your livestock, limit production losses and help maintain market access for Australia’s goat producers.


Goats2Fact sheet and poster for avoiding JD in goats now available

Animal Health Australia and the Goat Industry Council of Australia have produced a poster and fact sheet to help producers understand, avoid and manage the impacts of Johne’s disease (JD) in their goat herds. Both the fact sheet and the poster have been provided as professional, print-ready PDF files  that can be downloaded for free and are formatted to be printed by a professional printing company in a finish and style of your choice or they can simply be printed from the home or office printer.

Tips for using the fact sheets and posters

Owners of larger goat operations are encouraged to place the posters around the their property to remind and educate staff, contractors, family and friends who help out on the property about avoiding JD on your property. All goat producers, show societies, suppliers or anyone in the goat industry are encouraged to print and hand out the fact sheets from their displays and stalls at field days, royal shows or any event where goat producers are likely to be present.

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Fact sheet

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National Kid Rearing Plan

The National Kid Rearing Plan was developed for the Goat Industry Council of Australia to control the spread of Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE) and Johne’s disease. These are insidious diseases that have no cure and affect the health of goats, as well as sheep and cattle, resulting in significant financial losses for producers, especially those with dairy herds. Prevention is the best way to protect all goat herds from these diseases. The National Kid Rearing Plan, backed up by Farm Biosecurity is the best form of prevention.  Put simply, the plan involves removing newborn kids from their does to reduce their exposure to infection and allow them develop natural immunity as they mature. Participation in the National Kid Rearing Plan is voluntary and the plan is likely to be of greatest benefit to farmers of dairy goats and other intensively run goat herds. Goat farmers who wish to claim points from kid rearing under the Johne’s disease assurance (GoatMAP) must comply with all aspects of the National Kid Rearing Plan.


Grazing manual coverWhether producing milk, meat or fibre, the recommended on-farm biosecurity practices for goat producers are contained in the National Biosecurity Reference Manual – Grazing Livestock Production. The manual provides a set of voluntary, cost-effective guidelines to help reduce the risk of disease entering a property, spreading through the livestock population, and/or being passed to surrounding livestock operations. It outlines recommended measures under five management areas: Livestock; People, Equipment and vehicles; Feed and water; Pests and weeds; Management.

Farm Biosecurity for Livestock Producers - brochureFarm Biosecurity for Livestock Producers – brochure format

This easy to read brochure includes case studies to assist producers to develop practical, easy to implement workable practices to protect their investments. Five key management areas identified in the brochure are: farm outputs, farm inputs, people, vehicles & equipment, production practices and ferals, pests & weeds.


Biosecurity toolkit

As an goat producer, the best way to protect yourself from biosecurity risks is to keep diseases, pests and weeds off your property.  Always insist on a properly completed National Goat Health Declaration and National Vendor Declaration when purchasing stock, when offering cattle for sale, and when mandated by inter-state movement requirements. Another important tool to help minimise the risk of disease in goats is the National Kid Rearing Plan, which chiefly targets two major debilitating diseases: Johne’s disease and Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis.

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Biosecurity and farm inputs
Biosecurity and farm outputs
Biosecurity and people movement
FarmBiosecurity App
Feral animals and weeds
Production practices
Train, plan and record
Vehicle and equipment biosecurity

More information

The single biggest threat to the goat industry’s sustainability is an outbreak of an emergency animal disease. For this reason, the Goat Industry Council of Australia has put into place a series of animal health policies at both the state and national levels to guard against threats to the industry's biosecurity. Australia’s National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) identifies animals so that we can trace them quickly if we need to. It applies to anyone with cattle, sheep, pigs or goats. If there is an outbreak of an emergency disease we can quickly trace back to identify animals that might already be infected, and trace forward to identify animals that are at the greatest risk of infection. For more information see: Goat health website Quick Guide to the National Livestock Identification System Emergency animal diseases