Ovine Johne's Disease (OJD)
Ovine Johne's (pronounced 'yoh-nees') disease is an infectious fatal wasting disease of sheep. It is often abbreviated to OJD. OJD can have severe economic effects in sheep flocks if it is left uncontrolled. It is caused by a strain of the bacterium Mycobacterium paratuberculosis.
What is the National OJD Management Plan (2013-2018)?
What is the National Sheep Health Statement?
The National Sheep Health Statement (SHS) is a formal document that accompanies non-slaughter sheep when they are sold. It does not replace a national vendor declaration (NVD) but should be used in conjunction with a NVD. The SHS indicates the health status of the sheep being sold and is signed by the vendor. It contains sections relating to the OJD, footrot, lice and ovine brucellosis history of the flock. It is an offence to make a false declaration on this statement.
It is not mandatory to complete a SHS when selling sheep within Victoria. However, it is strongly recommended that you request a SHS from the vendor prior to purchasing sheep. It may also be mandatory to complete a SHS prior to moving sheep interstate.
To download a copy of the SHS, please click on the link below:
- AG1126 - What is Ovine Johne's Disease?
- AG1133 - Vaccinating Sheep Against Ovine Johne's Disease
- AG1128 - Legal Requirements for Ovine Johne's Disease
- Animal Health Australia
- International Association for Paratuberculosis
- Johne's Information Centre - University of Wisconsin
- Meat and Livestock Australia
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