Farmed goats

All properties with 1 or more goats must have a Property Identification Code. See our livestock property registration page for more details.

Goat Health

South Australian goat owners should be aware of the serious diseases that can affect their goats.

Goats can become infected with:

  • footrot
  • Johne’s disease
  • Caprine Arthritis Encepahalitis.

Ovine Johne’s disease and footrot are notifiable disease and must be immediately reported. See the reporting animal disease page for instructions if you suspect either disease is present in your goats.

Footrot

Goats can be infected with benign and virulent footrot. This means any footrot lesion in goats can infect other animals. Strict controls are in place for all goats moved into South Australia from interstate.

See the entry requirements for goats entering South Australia from interstate below.

More information

See the footrot in sheep page for more information about the disease.

Johne’s disease

Goats can carry Bovine and Ovine strains of Johne’s disease. They can then infect other animals with the disease. Strict controls are in place for all goats moved into South Australia from interstate.

See the entry requirements for goats entering South Australia from interstate below.

More information

Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE)

CAE is not a notifiable disease but owners should still be aware of the disease and its risks. Make sure all goats entering your herds have a Goat Health Statement showing they are CAE free.

Learn more about CAE on the Animal Health Australia website.

Goat movement

Goats moved to South Australia from interstate must have:

  1. A National Livestock Identification System device. There are some exemptions for dairy goats. Phone 1800 654 688 for more information about the exemptions.
  2. Either of the following documents:
  3. A National Goat Health Declaration.

Diseases

There are entry requirements for goats to prevent the spread of footrot and Johne’s disease.

Footrot

Goats entering South Australia must not:

  • be infected with footrot
  • have been in direct contact with footrot infected animals in the previous year
  • have been in direct contact with animals vaccinated against footrot.

Johne’s disease

There are different entry requirements for the 2 Bovine Johne’s disease areas of South Australia:

  • Goats entering the 'Protected Zone' must have a minimum assurance rating of 6.
  • Goats entering the 'Beef Protected Area' must have a minimum assurance rating of 5.

Goats from flocks in regional biosecurity areas approved by the South Australian Chief Inspector of Stock and do not have a Suspect or Infected status for Ovine Johne’s disease can enter South Australia.

For goat flocks that are not in a regional biosecurity area, entry requirements are the same as for sheep entering South Australia.

The assurance rating is for both Bovine and Ovine Johne’s disease.

More information about the Bovine Johne's disease.

Page Last Reviewed: 23 Feb 2015
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