Trading Sheep in Tasmania Using the ABC Scheme
What is the ABC Scheme?
How will the ABC Scheme be used in Tasmania?
Keep these points in mind
For further information
PDF version of ABC in brochure form
Warning: On 1 January 2013, the ABC Scheme will change. This website will be updated at that time.
Under the ABC Scheme, 'credits' can be claimed under four categories:
(1) regional level of OJD
(2) flock testing (includes SheepMAP status)
(3) OJD vaccination
(4) risk assessment of groups within infected or suspect flocks by approved veterinarians.
Mainland Tasmania flocks not suspected or known to be infected will start with 2 credits from the regional level category.
Mainland Tasmania flocks suspected or known to be infected and all Finders Island flocks will start with zero credits from the regional level category.
Additional credits may be claimed by all flocks from the other three categories.
The ABC score is calculated by the vendor using the Sheep Health Statement, a declaration for sheep intended for sale or agistment. A consignment of sheep can have an ABC score of up to 10 credits.
Copies of the Sheep Health Statement are also available from your stock agent, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) Animal Health staff or the Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association (TFGA).
The following conditions apply to the sale or agistment of sheep in mainland Tasmania:
Movements between flocks on Flinders Island is permitted, irrespective of the ABC score of the flock or origin. Use of a Sheep Health Statement is recommended, but not mandatory.
There is no minimum ABC score for slaughter sheep being sold from Flinders Island to mainland Tasmania by 'over the hooks' or Auctions Plus. A minimum of 1 credit and a signed Sheep Health Statement is required for moving all other sheep to mainland Tasmania from Flinders Island.
For both mainland Tasmania and Flinders Island, there is no minimum ABC score for trading terminal crossbred lambs, identified with a sheep National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) 'T' ear tag, before cutting any adult teeth, irrespective of the status of the flock of origin.
Sheep sellers can declare the consignment ABC score in writing on the Sheep Health Statement. Sheep with higher ABC scores may attract increased competition from local and mainland buyers.
The higher the ABC score, the lower the risk of OJD
PDF version of ABC Scheme brochure
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