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Goats

Animal Health Australia (AHA) works with the goat meat and fibre industries to develop and implement national programs to safeguard the health of Australia’s commercial goat population.

Biosecurity

For specific information about biosecurity for goat production, producers should visit the Farm Biosecurity website for goat industry biosecurity information and associated documents. Importantly, goat owners should also refer to the National Biosecurity Reference Manual – Grazing Livestock Production.

As a goat 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 Goat Health Declaration and National Vendor Declaration when purchasing or agisting stock, offering goats for sale, and when mandated by inter-state movement requirements.

Agricultural show societies require exhibitors to complete a declaration on the health status of goats participating in shows as part of showground biosecurity and animal health management.

Disease

See emergency disease preparedness, including AUSVETPLANs for various diseases.

Goat health

Access goat health information to assist you in maintaining the health of your goat herd.

Implement the National Kid Rearing Plan to help minimise the risk of two debilitating diseases, Johne’s disease and caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE)

See the National Johne’s Disease Project for Johne’s disease information

Traceability

Australia’s National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) identifies animals so that we can trace them quickly in an emergency. NLIS applies to owners of cattle, sheep, pigs or goats. If there is an outbreak of an emergency disease (eg foot and mouth disease), we can quickly trace back to identify animals that might already be infected, and trace forward to identify animals that are at the greatest risk of infection.

Welfare

Read about the development and progress of the Live Transport of Livestock, and standards and guidelines for goats on AHA’s Animal welfare standards website.

Surveillance

The National Arbovirus Monitoring Program (NAMP) monitors the distribution of economically important arboviruses (ie insect-borne viruses) of livestock and their vectors in Australia.

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Page reviewed: October 20, 2016