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

New animal health tools now available

July 25, 2013
Photo: Jacky Burns

Photo: Jacky Burns

National Goat Health Statement

Since the OJD ABC Scheme will no longer be operating due to revisions to the OJD management Plan coming into effect on 1 July 2013, the National Goat Health Statement required updating.

The National Goat Health Statement covers a number of diseases considered by the goat industry, as important to the industry. National animal heath statements are a means by which producers can provide information about the health status of their animals. Buyers should ask for a copy and use the information provided to determine the health risks associated with the animals being offered for sale.

The updated National Goat Health Statement is available (in Word and PDF formats) from our Declarations and Statements page.

New declaration form for alpaca and llama shows and sales

The Australian Alpaca Association (AAA) and the Federal Council of Agricultural Societies (FCAS) have endorsed the updated herd health declaration form for alpaca and llama shows and sales. The document has been updated to reflect changes to the BJD zones of Australia that came into effect last year. The sections for veterinarians or inspectors to sign the form have also been removed which is in keeping with similar documents for other livestock.

Biosecurity is still important for alpacas and llamas even though the industry has fewer numbers than many of the other livestock species. For livestock that leave and return to the property (eg following shows, agistment, contract joining) assess their vulnerability to infection, hygiene arrangements and contact with other livestock while away. If needed, separate, observe and treat the animals before returning them to companions.

Owners should also think carefully about biosecurity during these events, such as not allowing your livestock to use communal water troughs, graze on the event grounds or feed on hay on the ground unless it is on clean rubber matting.

The updated Alpaca and Llama Herd Health Status Declaration for Shows and Sales is available (in Word and PDF formats) from our Declarations and Statements page.

New sheep husbandry guide: an industry first

In an industry first, sheepmeat producers now have access to a practical guide on sheep husbandry.

Developed by the Sheepmeat Council of Australia and Meat and Livestock Australia, A Producers’ Guide to Sheep Husbandry Practices is now available online and features best practice techniques for a number of husbandry practices.

The guide was put together following extensive consultation with a wide range of groups, individuals, welfare organisations, industry bodies, and people with expertise in sheep husbandry.

It provides up-to-date information based on the latest research, covering animal health practices such drenching, dipping, giving injections and collecting faecal samples for worm egg counts.

The new tool aims to help producers provide good health, welfare and management outcomes for their livestock. It draws together information from a range of research projects and on-farm experiences.

Download the guide.