Sheep

Sheep are susceptible to TB. There is a risk of transmission to humans if unpasteurised milk or dairy products made from unpasteurised milk from TB infected ewes are consumed. There is no active surveillance for TB in sheep; cases are usually identified at post slaughter inspection or at post-mortem in a veterinary laboratory.

There are no specific statutory compensation amounts for goats, pigs and sheep. For these species compensation will be based on a valuation of the compulsorily slaughtered animals.

Arbitration arrangements are in place for cases where that valuation is disputed.

For all species, if you get approval from APHA you can choose to slaughter your animals at your own expense and keep any salvage value.

Lesions are primarily reported in lungs and thoracic lymph nodes, lesions are cream, yellow or green and may be calcified.

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Post-mortem images of sheep (images include graphic content):

 

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Lung of a sheep with tuberculosis showing cream-coloured exudate in the lung and caudal mediastinal lymph nodes (image source: APHA).

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Lung of a sheep with tuberculosis showing fibrosis and abcessation (image source: APHA).