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AHA works with the cattle industries, including the grass fed, feedlot and dairy industries, to develop and implement national programs to safeguard the health of Australia’s cattle population.


See our Farm Biosecurity website for cattle industry biosecurity information and associated documents, including the national Cattle Health Declaration.

Beef cattle owners should use the National Biosecurity Reference Manual – Grazing Livestock Production on their properties.

Lot feeders should use the National Biosecurity Manual for Beef Cattle Feedlots on their properties.

Dairy cattle owners should use the Dairy Biosecurity: Healthy Farms manual on their properties.


See emergency disease preparedness, including AUSVETPLANs for various diseases.

Johne’s disease (JD) – see JD in cattle for information on the disease and tools to deal with it.

The Cattle Council of Australia, representing Australia’s grazing beef cattle producers, secured Australian Government funding in 2018 to monitor the occurrence of selected endemic diseases and provide advice on these conditions back to producers. The following conditions, which are monitored by carcass inspection and sampling at selected abattoirs, are considered to have negative impacts on productivity, quality and profitability of the beef value chain.

The below fact sheets have been provided to explain these conditions to producers and how to prevent them.

Sarcosporidiosis -eosinophilic myositis fact sheet (pdf - 828 KB)
Cysticercus bovis (beef measles) fact sheet (pdf - 181 KB)

The below factsheets were developed as a part of the Health 4 Wealth project. The project aims to develop a standardized approach to data collection on disease-related carcase and offal condemnations and a nationally agreed, consistent feedback system to beef, goatmeat, pork and sheepmeat producers. You can find out more about it here.

Beef Hydatids (pdf - 294 KB)
Beef Liver Abscess (pdf - 310 KB)
Beef Liver Fluke (pdf - 298 KB)
Beef Nephritis (pdf - 426 KB)
Beef Pneumonia (pdf - 353 KB)


Read about the development and progress of the Australian standards and guidelines for cattle on AHA’s Animal welfare standards website.

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Page reviewed: 15/01/2021