The National Sheep Health Statement
Date: Feb 2013
Prospective buyers of sheep are able to assess the risk a line of sheep represents to their own flock when purchasing or agisting sheep.
National Sheep Health Statements can be downloaded from the Animal Health Australia Farm Biosecurity Declarations & Statements page. Statements are also available from your agent or through your local Livestock Health and Pest Authority.
Note this form does not double as a Transported Stock Statement or NLIS document in NSW.
The SHS became mandatory in NSW from 17 January 2004 for the sale or agistment of restocker sheep. It must be completed accurately and signed. There are stiff penalties for false or misleading information.
The Statement is not required for exempt sheep. Exempt sheep are:
- sheep being moved to slaughter, directly or via a slaughter-only sale;
- lambs accompanied by a National Vendor Declaration on which section 7 has been filled in with the words PRIME LAMBS FOR SLAUGHTER ONLY;
- sheep being sent or delivered to a Sheep Health Statement exempt sale.
Two relevant Primefacts are available for download below.