Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association
Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association

Understanding Cattle Health Declarations

The Cattle Health Declaration is currently gaining significant exposure as a tool for producers to address biosecurity concerns. It’s a document that allows
producers to make an assessment of cattle they might be purchasing and the biosecurity risk those cattle may
pose.

The Cattle Health Declaration is starting to be requested by producers buying cattle from studs and through sale yards.

For more information on Cattle Health Declarations, click here.

Cattle Council of Australia took on board feedback from many interested stakeholders in revising the document recently. Key updates include:

  • The owner and cattle details have been removed, as this information is captured on the NVD – it’s rare that a CHD would be used independently of an NVD, so these documents should complement one another.
  • ‘Type’ of on-farm biosecurity plan is no longer specified.
  • EBL questions have been removed as they do not apply in most instances.
  • The JD testing questions are now easier to understand.
  • Co-grazing with sheep has been removed as a question.
  • A new explanatory note advises that co-grazing with any JD-susceptible species may be important to some buyers.

Updated declaration form here.