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Animal Health Australia (AHA) manages the Australian Johne’s Disease Market Assurance Program for Sheep (SheepMAP) to help producers identify and promote their low risk of Johne’s disease infection.

Introduced in 1997, SheepMAP aims to reduce the impact of ovine Johne’s disease (JD) on the Australian sheep flock and trade, to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the sheepmeat and wool industries in Australia. It does this through on-farm biosecurity practices, testing and vaccination.

New version of manual coming soon

AHA is working with the national sheep industries on revising the SheepMAP manual. Updates will be provided to participants and veterinarians soon.

SheepMAP 2018 Review

GHD undertook a consultative review of SheepMAP in 2018. WPA and SPA considered their recommendations and have agreed that SheepMAP will continue. It will be revised to meet the previous technical review recommendations, as well as include the High Throughput Johne’s PCR test.

SheepMAP 2013-14 review

In late 2012, the SheepMAP Steering Committee recommended a review of the SheepMAP to confirm its technical integrity and robustness. AHA contracted GHD Consulting to conduct a technical review of the SheepMAP.

SheepMAP manual

The SheepMAP manual covers the background to the program, how it is managed, brief details of how testing operates and the review processes in place.

Version 1 of the manual was released in 1996, and AHA works with the Australian sheep industries and governments to keep it up to date. The current version of the SheepMAP manual was released in 2013.

How to establish and maintain a SheepMAP flock is detailed in the main section of the manual (elements 1-8 and appendixes).

Links to the SheepMAP forms are provided below.

If you identify any omissions or want to suggest non-technical changes, please complete the request for change form (doc - 105 KB)  and fax it to AHA on 02 6203 5511.

Advice for veterinarians

Flock certificate and status notification forms are included in the current SheepMAP manual but please check with your state MAP coordinator before using the flock certificate form.

In some states, the department of primary industries will issue the flock certificate directly. In others, the state MAP coordinator will advise the veterinarian of the number to record on the flock certificate.

All vaccinated sheep must be identified with an NLIS (Sheep) tag that contains the property identification code (PIC) or a number with the letter ‘V’. The flock status will also include a ‘V’ to indicate that it is vaccinated (eg MN2-V).

All SheepMAP flocks are required to have an annual review (internal audit) by the MAP-approved veterinarian and comply with the other SheepMAP requirements, including an external audit once every 3 years (currently on hold). Producers can select their preferred quality auditor from a list of approved auditors and arrange for the external audit to be held in conjunction with other industry quality audits, such as those required by the LPA programs.

SheepMAP forms

Download the SheepMAP forms below:

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Page reviewed: 04/10/2019