Primary Industries and Regions SA's Biosecurity division oversees sheep:

  • health
  • movement
  • identification.

Sheep health and diseases

The management of endemic sheep disease, Ovine Johne’s Disease (OJD) or Johne’s Disease (JD), is set to change in South Australia from 1 July 2019 with the lifting of restrictions on sheep movements into the state.

Completed National Vendor Declarations (NVD) and National Sheep Health Declarations (NSHD) will still be mandatory.

To minimise the risk these animals may pose it is recommended that all sheep entering SA should be vaccinated for Johne’s Disease, either before entry or on arrival in SA. There is evidence that vaccinating sheep older than 12 weeks of age will provide some protection from OJD. As a precaution, producers should vaccinate any stock they purchase unless they are from an area with a low OJD risk prevalence or have been demonstrated to have a low disease status.

For details, see South Australian Ovine Johne's Disease Management Program page.

Existing sheep movement restrictions remain in place until 1 July 2019. All sheep movements into SA prior to this date MUST adhere to the current entry requirements.

Minimum requirements for sheep entering South Australia fact sheet (PDF 232.9 KB or DOCX 139.6 KB)

For more information on sheep health and diseases see:

For a guide to identifying sheep diseases view the Sheep Diseases - The Farmers' Guide (PDF 4.3 MB)

Sheep movement

Sheep identification

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

South Australian Sheep Advisory Group (SASAG)

Page Last Reviewed: 05 Jun 2019
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