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Australia is free of many infectious horse diseases, saving owners costly disease control. The occurrence of an emergency horse disease could severely restrict horse movements, racing and other competitions and cost millions of dollars in lost business and disease control.

Avian influenza is an infectious disease of birds caused by an influenza virus.

SheepMAP is a market assurance program designed to provide producers with a source of sheep which are at low risk of having ovine Johne's disease (OJD). The program is a voluntary scheme.

Sheep farmers can save money and time eradicating new lice infestations by taking simple biosecurity measures that become part of normal management programs. Measures include careful planning, regularly checking stock for lice, stock-proof fencing and other preventative strategies.

Western Australia has a mandatory livestock ownership, identification and movement system.

The National Arbovirus Monitoring Program (NAMP) monitors the distribution of economically important insect-borne viruses of livestock and their vectors. NAMP specifically monitors bluetongue virus, Akabane and bovine ephemeral fever.

As a landholder it is important to plan ahead for the coming season.

Whether it be livestock, crops, pastures or weeds and diseases it is vital to monitor changes and address issues to maintain your property.

The poultry biosecurity checklist summarises the actions needed to protect your poultry and the Western Australian poultry industry from the devastating effects of emergency diseases such as avian influenza or Newcastle disease.

Western Australia is free of most of the significant diseases that affect animals in other parts of the world. Ongoing surveillance is vital to ensure early detection of animal diseases that might impact on trade, regional or national animal health productivity, public health or the environment.

Strict movement requirements exist when importing livestock from interstate and/or overseas into Western Australia (WA).

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