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.
Introduced in 1997, SheepMAP aims to reduce the impact of ovine Johne’s disease (JD) on the Australian sheep flock, 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.
How to establish and maintain a SheepMAP flock is detailed in the Rules and Guidelines manual.
- Download the SheepMAP manual (pdf - 2 MB)
- Visit our online store to order a printed copy of the SheepMAP manual.
- Download the SheepMAP Collated Resources and Forms (docx - 114 KB)
- Download the SheepMAP Checklists for Flock Managers (docx - 49 KB)
- Download the SheepMAP Checklists for Approved Veterinarians (docx - 50 KB)
If you identify any omissions or want to suggest non-technical changes, please contact us.
Download the SheepMAP forms below:
The following documents are requirements of SheepMAP:
- Agreement between flock owner and approved veterinarian (docx - 50 KB)
- Document Control Register (docx - 44 KB)
- SheepMAP Review Checklist and Report (docx - 52 KB)
- Corrective Action and Improvement Report (docx - 44 KB)
- Notification of status (docx - 48 KB)
The following documents are not requirements of SheepMAP but are provided as a resource or reference point:
- Boundary and Inspection Record (docx - 44 KB)
- Flock and Property Risk Assessment (docx - 48 KB)
- Introduced Animals (docx - 44 KB)
- Record of Testing (docx - 45 KB)
- Livestock Movement Record (docx - 47 KB)
- Livestock Identification Record (docx - 44 KB)
- Flock Management Plan (docx - 47 KB)
- Model Letter to Neighbours (docx - 43 KB)
- Record of Neighbouring Properties (docx - 44 KB)
- Record of Straying Sheep (docx - 45 KB)
- Sheep Selected for PFC Testing (docx - 45 KB)
- Sample Identification (docx - 45 KB)
- Test Results Form (docx - 44 KB)
- Test Results - Handling of Reactors (docx - 44 KB)
- Vaccination Record (docx - 45 KB)
Advice for veterinarians
Flock certificate and status notification forms are included in the current SheepMAP Forms and Resources 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 (e.g. 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.
Read the MAP Veterinary Guidelines (pdf - 219 KB) to better understand the role of vets in the MAPs.
Reviews of SheepMAP
SheepMAP 2013-14 review
AHA contracted GHD Consulting to conduct a technical review of the SheepMAP and a final report on its technical integrity and robustness was released in 2014. The SheepMAP Steering Committee considered the report and made a number of recommendations that were accepted by Animal Health Committee.
- Download the Statement for the SheepMAP Technical Report (pdf, 305kB)
- Download the Technical review of SheepMAP report (pdf - 1 MB) .
SheepMAP 2018 Review
GHD undertook a consultative review of SheepMAP in 2018. WPA and SPA considered their recommendations and agreed that SheepMAP will continue. It has now been revised to meet the previous technical review recommendations.