Animal Health and Farm Biosecurity

SCA is committed to improving on-farm animal health and welfare to enhance Australia’s competitive advantage and improve access into key export markets.

Improving Animal Health in Australia

SCA is an industry member of Animal Health Australia (AHA), a not-for-profit company established by the Australian Government, state and territory governments and major national livestock industries.

SCA works closely with AHA to deliver the national animal health system’s strategic priorities for improving animal and human health, market access, food safety and quality, animal welfare, livestock productivity, biosecurity and in the preparedness for emergency animal diseases.

Sheepmeat Industry Levy

Australian sheepmeat levy funds are invested in the following core and special programs at AHA:

• Animal Disease Surveillance Program

• Animal Health Services Program

• Emergency Animal Disease Preparedness Program

• Disease Risk Mitigation Program

• Training Programs

• Livestock Welfare Program

National Arbovirus Monitoring Program

The National Arbovirus Monitoring Program (NAMP) monitors the distribution of economically important arboviruses (i.e. insect-borne viruses) of livestock and their vectors in Australia. These viruses include bluetongue, Akabane and bovine ephemeral fever (BEF). NAMP is jointly funded by the cattle, sheep and goat industries and the state, territory and Australian governments.

TSE Freedom Assurance Program

The purpose of the TSE Freedom Assurance Program is to enhance market confidence that Australian animals and animal products are free from TSEs through the structured and nationally integrated management of animal-related TSE activities.

Screw Worm Fly Preparedness Project

This project aims to develop and maintain a Screw Worm Fly Preparedness Strategy consistent with the risks associated with an incursion in Australia.

AUSVETPLAN

AUSVETPLAN is a series of technical response plans that describe the proposed Australian approach to an exotic disease incursion

Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Vaccine Management

This program aims to ensure that Australia has access to FMD vaccines in the event of an outbreak.

Farm Biosecurity

Farm biosecurity is designed to help secure your property against pests and diseases. Sheepmeat Council has been actively involved in the development of the Farm Biosecurity program, facilitated by AHA.

Simple principles and practices will help you protect your livestock from the pests and diseases that are more common to Australian livestock and prevent help to prevent an emergency animal disease outbreak.

In the case of an emergency animal disease outbreak, following Farm Biosecurity principles will allow early diagnosis, restrict spread, speed eradication and help protect livestock on-farm and the livestock industry.

Visit the Farm Biosecurity website to learn about simple measures and tools that livestock producers can implement as part of their day to day operations.

National Sheep Health Statement

The National Sheep Health Statement includes a nationally agreed declaration for a number of significant conditions including OJD, footrot, ovine brucellosis and lice. Prospective buyers of sheep are able to assess the risk a line of sheep represents to their own flock. Sheepmeat Council recommends that producers request a National Health Statement from the owner when buying or agisting sheep to ensure they do not pose a disease or health risk to their flock.

Learn more about the National Health Sheep Statement here

EMERGENCY ANIMAL DISEASE WATCH HOTLINE

1800 675 888

The Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline is a toll-free number that connects callers to the relevant state or territory officer to report concerns about any potential emergency animal disease situation.

If you see unusual disease symptoms, abnormal behaviour or unexpected deaths in your stock, immediately call your veterinarian or the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline