All consignments of sheep must be National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) ear tagged and accompanied by a fully completed National Vendor Declaration (NVD). A completed National Sheep Health Statement (SHS) is recommended.
All sheep must be free of Notifiable diseases. Diseased sheep may only enter Victoria under licence, usually only direct for slaughter at an abattoir. In some limited circumstances a licence to introduce the animals to another Victorian property may be granted. Licences are issued by Agriculture Victoria DEDJTR Bendigo.
Note there is an exemption in place for ovine Johne's disease.
A blanket licence permitting the importation of sheep infected with ovine footrot, lice or ked that are being consigned direct to slaughter within Victoria exists for the period 1 November 2015 to 30 October 2018 – see below.
In addition to the above, see below for conditions related to specific diseases.
Ovine Brucellosis (OB)
Rams entering the Mallee OB Control Area must:
- have been on the property of origin since birth, or a minimum of 2 years AND
- either the flock of origin is OB Accredited Free; or with no evidence of OB in the last 12 months, and the rams have a negative OB blood test within the last 14 days and no palpable scrotal abnormalities in the 7 days prior to the sale or introduction.
Rams entering other parts of Victoria must be tagged, accompanied by a NVD and free of disease as for other sheep.
Ovine footrot, lice or ked
Between 1 November 2015 and 30 October 2018, sheep infected with ovine footrot, lice or ked may be introduced into Victoria without a licence provided that: they are consigned direct to slaughter at an abattoir or knackery within Victoria; they are correctly NLIS identified; and they are accompanied by a true and accurately completed National Vendor Declaration.
This is made possible by a blanket licence.
This licence does not apply to such infected sheep being consigned to Victoria for any other reason, either directly or through saleyards – in those circumstances an application for a licence must be made to the department (see above).
Ovine Johne's disease (paratuberculosis)
Ovine Johne's disease (OJD) is a notifiable disease in Victoria. However, an exemption is in place for OJD, including for flocks known or suspected to be infected with OJD. Clinically diseased sheep are unlikely to be fit to load and should not be imported.
Purchasers of interstate sheep are strongly recommended to request a SHS when considering buying sheep from interstate to enable them to assess the risk posed by those sheep. Interstate producers exporting sheep to Victoria are strongly recommended to provide a SHS routinely.