Animal Health Australia (AHA) manages projects and programs that work to mitigate the impacts of endemic diseases on the Australian livestock industries. Endemic diseases are those that are constantly present within a region or population.
Newcastle Disease (ND) is a viral respiratory disease of poultry and wild birds that can cause significant deaths. The most recent outbreak of virulent Newcastle Disease Virus was in 2002. Less pathogenic strains of the virus are endemic to Australia. In order to mitigate the risk of another outbreak, AHA coordinates the National Newcastle Disease Management Plan. The National Newcastle Disease steering committee is currently reviewing future activities of the National Management Plan. Click here for more information.
Johne’s Disease is a serious wasting disease that affects various species of animals. In Australia, JD has been found in cattle, sheep, goats, deer and camelids. AHA coordinates industry-funded projects to manage Johne’s disease (JD) in sheep, cattle, goats and alpaca. For more information visit:
AHA works closely with the Australian goat industry to deliver the Goat Production Conditions Project (GPCP), which seeks to address the issues of lost production in the goat value chains, to protect goats from endemic disease and support the trade in goats and goat products. Click here for more information.
Farm Biosecurity Plan
Effective biosecurity at the enterprise and industry level is considered to be extremely important in mitigating the introduction or spread of animal disease. A Farm Biosecurity Plan contains all the measures used to mitigate such risks. AHA collaborates with Plant Health Australia on the Farm Biosecurity program, a valuable resource for farm biosecurity plans, health declarations and many other tools. Click here for more information.
AHA coordinates industry-funded programs to manage some diseases in sheep, cattle, goats, deer and alpacas. Controlling livestock movements can be important for disease management and livestock traceability. Movement requirements vary between different States and Territories and AHA maintains a list of relevant links on department websites. Click here for more information.