Trading Sheep in Tasmania
Note: On 1 July 2013, the National OJD Management Plan changed. The ABC scheme has been terminated and replaced with a new system for assessing risk of OJD in traded sheep.
Ovine Johne’s Disease (OJD) is now considered endemic in Tasmania and is common in most sheep growing areas of the State. As a result some legal requirements that have applied to OJD in the past have been changed.
OJD remains a notifiable disease and must be reported to a Tasmanian Stock Inspector if diagnosis of infection is confirmed or suspected. It is also a requirement for a person to inform a potential receiver of sheep (eg buyer, agister, borrower) if OJD infection has been confirmed or suspected on the property.
A new National Sheep Health Statement (SHS) has been developed. It is not compulsory to use the SHS in Tasmania, except for sheep coming from the mainland. However, it is strongly recommended that producers insist that sheep they buy or agist have an SHS - this is the best way to minimise the risk of introducing OJD onto their properties.
It is recommended that all ‘approved vaccinate’ sheep must be tagged with a NLIS‘V’ tag following vaccination with OJD vaccine. All sheep must be NLIS tagged before leaving the property.
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