NT livestock biosecurity snapshot – May to June 2020
The NT has a reputation for producing healthy livestock free from diseases and residues that could harm human health or impact our ability to sell livestock within Australia or overseas. This reputation is based on a rigorous biosecurity system that demonstrates that our livestock are fit to trade.
Livestock movement and identification requirements help to keep the NT free of these diseases which are found elsewhere in Australia or overseas, as well as ensuring whole-of-life traceability for many livestock species. From May to June 2020, there were:
- 125 New property identification codes (PICs) registered and 1,181 PIC details updated of the 2,671 Northern Territory PICs registered.
- 15 New Brands registered, 10 Brands transferred and 2 Earmarks registered.
- 71 Property of Origin certificates issued for live export of cattle and buffalo in consignments from 656 Individual PICs.
- 125,209 head of cattle and 109 horses inspected, treated and certified for movement during 261 property visits.
The NT’s livestock health status is supported by high quality disease investigations. These investigations enable notifiable diseases (those of national and trade significance) to be ruled out, or if detected, promote early and rigorous response in line with national agreements. National reporting of these disease investigations and surveillance is critical evidence to support international market access.
From May to June 2020, there were 47 livestock disease investigations in the Territory.
For a snapshot of national data, see the latest of the Animal Health Surveillance Quarterly.