Moving sheep to South Australia from interstate

Producers in South Australia, must be aware of the entry requirements related to sheep movement from interstate.

Note: The management of endemic sheep disease, Ovine Johne's Disease (OJD) or Johne's Disease (JD),  changed in South Australia on 1 July 2019 with the lifting of restrictions on sheep movements into the state.

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

Entry requirements for sheep entering SA from interstate

All sheep entering South Australia from interstate must have:

  1. A National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) device
  2. A National Sheep Health Declaration (NSHD)
  3. One of the following documents:
    • A National Vendor Declaration (NVD) that includes the destination property address or property identification code.
    • A movement documentation containing prescribed information.

Sheep moving direct to slaughter from a saleyard outside of the state are not required to have a NSHD.

There are additional entry requirements aimed at minimising risk associated with footrot and OJD. See the diseases section below.

Entry requirements to minimise Footrot risk

All forms of footrot are notifiable in South Australia.

Sheep entering South Australia must not:

  • be infected with virulent strains of D.nodosus (footrot)
  • originate from a property where virulent strains of the disease has occurred in the past 12 months
  • be showing signs of footrot disease such as lameness, overgrown or misshapen hooves.

The Sheep Health Declaration must confirm that no virulent strain of footrot is present.

Sheep entering South Australia with any form of footrot may be examined and/or tested for D.nodosus. Actions may be taken under the Livestock Act 1977.

Even if the sheep are showing benign lesions, if severe disease or virulent strains are detected then the sheep are considered to be infected with a virulent strain of footrot.

Note, shows and individual sales may have a higher standard of biosecurity and may not allow sheep with any foot lesions to enter the facility. Contact the show or sale organiser for specific entry requirements.

Entry requirements to minimise OJD risk

From 1 July 2019, all adult sheep and lambs are eligible for entry into South Australia.

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.

The following requirements apply to sheep movements in South Australia.

Selling in an SA saleyard:

  • Must have an NSHD (saleyards will generally require an NVD as the movement document) and an NVD.
  • Saleyards and other platforms may also have other entry requirements – check with the relevant agent or see the disease status accepted by saleyards in SA.

Property to SA property:

  • Must have an NVD  (or a document containing prescribed movement information) and an NSHD.

Saleyard to SA property:

  • Must have an NVD (or a document containing prescribed movement information) and an NSHD.

Saleyard to an SA abattoir for processing:

  • Must have an NVD (or a document containing prescribed movement information).
  • Most abattoirs will require an NVD for the consignment.

Property to an SA abbatoir for processing:

  • Must have an NVD (or a document containing prescribed movement information) and an NSHD.
  • Most abattoirs will require an NVD for the consignment.

Saleyard to an SA feedlot for finishing:

  • Must have an NVD (or a document containing prescribed movement information) and an NSHD.
  • Declared quarantine facility feedlots may not require an NSHD - check with PIRSA.

Property to an SA feedlot for finishing:

  • Must have an NVD (or a document containing prescribed movement information) and an NSHD.

To an SA breeding centre:

  • Must have an NVD (or a document containing prescribed movement information) and an NSHD.
  • Breeding centres may also set additional entry requirements. You must check these with the Breeding centre prior to animals being dispatched from your property.

Attending shows in SA:

  • Must have an NVD (or a document containing prescribed movement information) and an NSHD.
  • Show Societies may also set additional entry requirements. You must check these with the relevant Show Society prior to dispatch of animals from your property.

What is prescribed movement information

Prescribed movement information includes the:

  • number of animals
  • breed, gender and approximate age of the animals
  • date on which the animals are being moved
  • identification code of the land of dispatch
  • identification code of the destination land (or the address or a description of the location of that land)
  • name and signature of the person completing the document.
Page Last Reviewed: 01 Jul 2019
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