National animal heath statements are a way for producers to provide information about the animal health status of their flocks and herds. Buyers should ask for a copy and use the information provided to determine the health risks associated with the animals offered for sale.
Agricultural Show societies require exhibitors to complete a declaration on the health status of animals participating in shows as part of showground biosecurity and the management of animal health.
Important update for sheep and cattle producers
In March 2013 the Federal Council of Agricultural Societies (FCAS) agreed that the National Cattle Health Statement would become the Herd Health Status and Declaration Form for Shows and Sales for beef and dairy cattle.
As of 1 January 2014 the FCAS requires sheep producers to use the National Sheep Health Statement, which replaces the Sheep Show and Sale by Exhibition form.
Beef cattle: Please use the National Cattle Health Statement
Dairy cattle: Please use the National Cattle Health Statement
Sheep producers: Please use the National Sheep Health Statement
Show societies that have exhibitors whose stock are part of an Australian Johne’s Disease Market Assurance Program (MAP Program) are required to have the showground facilities audited to ensure the biosecurity requirements of the MAP program are met.