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Goat National Kid Rearing Plan

KRP imageAnimal Health Australia (AHA) works closely with the Australian goat industry to deliver programs that protect goat from endemic disease and support trade.

The National Kid Rearing Plan enables goat herd owners to reduce the risk of Johne’s disease spreading in their herd, whether or not their Johne’s disease status is known.

The objectives of the National Kid Rearing Plan are to:

  • minimise the risk of kids becoming infected with Johne’s disease
  • reduce contamination of the farm environment and farm products
  • protect or improve their herd’s assurance rating by implementing measures to minimise the risk of spread of Johne’s disease to kids
  • improve herd health
  • enable owners of all goat herds to reduce the risk of caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE) spread through hygienic kid rearing.

The hygienic practices outlined in the National Kid Rearing Plan are intended as risk minimisation strategies only; they are similar to those practices implemented in the dairy cattle sector. The National Kid Rearing Plan also recommends snatch rearing.

Hygienic kid rearing practices will assist in the control of CAE, but additional management practices are required for the eradication of CAE. A supplementary section of the National Kid Rearing Plan outlines these practices.

Participation in the National Kid Rearing Plan is voluntary. Goat producers who wish to claim points from kid rearing under the Johne’s disease assurance rating must comply with all the elements of the National Kid Rearing Plan and agree to audits, as set out in the plan.

All goat herd owners and managers can adopt the National Kid Rearing Plan, but it is likely of greater interest to those breeding or managing dairy goats and other intensively run goats.

Download the National Kid Rearing Plan documents

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Page reviewed: October 26, 2016