Animal Health Australia (AHA) works on several projects designed to improve sheep health. These include the Sheep Health Project (SHP) and the National Sheep Industry Biosecurity Strategy (NSIBS).
Other information related to sheep health can be found below.
Ovine Brucellosis (OB) is an infectious bacterial disease which causes infertility in infected rams, leading to low lambing percentages. As infected rams generally do not show any signs of ill health, OB is often overlooked and only becomes apparent when there is a reduction in lambing percentages, or a longer lambing period.
To ensure your property is free of OB, purchase all rams from an OB accredited flock.
Search for an OB accredited flock on the OB Database and narrow the search results by breed, property, owner, stud, nearest town or certificate number.
For more information regarding the OB accreditation scheme in your state, visit the relevant link below:
As a sheep farmer, the best way to protect yourself from biosecurity risks is to keep diseases, pests and weeds off your property.
Always insist on a properly completed National Sheep Health Declaration and National Vendor Declaration when purchasing or agisting stock, offering sheep for sale, and when mandated by interstate movement requirements.
The national sheep industry has taken a lead in defining its roles, responsibilities and strategic priorities in the Australian biosecurity system through developing the National Sheep Industry Biosecurity Strategy.
Sheep pneumonia research
AHA together with the MLA donor company is funding Joan Lloyd Consulting to investigate the cause of pneumonia in Australian sheep. More information is available at: https://www.joanlloydconsulting.com/