Livestock disease investigations

The department provides a free disease investigation service, including free diagnostic testing through the Berrimah Veterinary Laboratory, to livestock owners for diagnosis or exclusion of notifiable emergency, exotic and endemic disease, including zoonotic diseases. Subsidies are available for producers to contact private veterinarians for significant disease investigations in livestock.

Subsidies for disease investigation

  • Subsidies of up to $2,000 are available for disease investigations in cattle conducted by private vets until June 2019.
  • For disease investigations in horses and other species, subsidies of up to $250 are available.
  • Remember that $300 is available for cattle showing nervous signs where a post-mortem is performed and the brain collected for “Mad Cow” exclusion testing

Please contact your local vet or regional Livestock Biosecurity Officer for more information.

During October to December 2018, 74 livestock disease investigations were conducted to rule out emergency diseases or investigate suspect notifiable diseases across the NT.

Above: Livestock disease investigations in the NT, October - December 2018.

Last updated: 07 August 2019