Sheep – transport
Information about the requirements for transporting sheep from one location to another.
- Sheep must be transported using suitable and appropriate vehicles.
- All sheep entering and moving within NSW must have an approved NLIS device.
- All sheep entering and moving within NSW must be accompanied by fully completed movement documentation that is either a National Vendor Declaration (NVD) or a Transported Stock Statement (TSS).
- All movements must be notified to the NLIS database.
- There are strict footrot requirements for sheep entering NSW.
- Restocker sheep being offered for sale or agistment, or entering an OJD Exclusion Area, must be accompanied by a Sheep Health Statement.
- Lice infested sheep cannot be moved in public places unless they are going to slaughter.
- Sheep infected with ovine brucellosis (OB) cannot be offered for sale or moved in public places.
- There are strict cattle tick requirements for sheep entering NSW from cattle tick infested areas.
- There are strict plant import requirements for fodder accompanying sheep into NSW.
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All movements of sheep to a property with a different Property Identification Code (PIC) must be recorded on the NLIS database. This is known as a mob based movement, although a mob can be just one animal. Although you do not have to scan individual animals you do need to know:
- The PIC the animals are from
- The PIC the animals are moving to
- The movement date
- The number and type of animals
- Other PICs on ear tags (if any)
- The NVD serial number.
Land transport guidelines provides further information about the transport of sheep.
It is important to have good knowledge of the disease status of animals prior to bringing them onto the school farm. This may involve vaccinations, parasite control and even blood tests where applicable. Advice from the local veterinarian or livestock officer should be sought.
It is a good idea to quarantine new sheep from existing sheep for a period of time. This should allow time for observation of any signs of illness or parasite infestations.