Animal status declarations

If you send animals for processing or move them between properties or to saleyards, you need to know about completing the Animal Status Declaration (ASD) form.


Why animal status is declared

Practices on lifestyle blocks and farms impact on the safety and suitability of animals for processing. Animal status declarations (ASDs) provide important information about your animal or group of animals for:

  • other people taking charge of them
  • processors requiring guidance for ante-mortem and post-mortem examinations
  • determining export eligibility and MPI's ability to sign export certificates on behalf of the Government
  • assessing risk of tuberculosis (TB) as required under the Biosecurity (National Bovine Tuberculosis Pest Management Strategy) Order 1998.

Learn more about ASDs in our information pamphlet [PDF, 20 KB] 

ASDs are covered under the Animal Products Notice: Specifications for Products Intended for Human Consumption. 

When an ASD is required

An ASD form must be completed when:

  • moving animals between properties
  • sending animals to slaughter.

Moving animals between properties

An ASD must be completed for movements of the following animals from one property to another or to a saleyard — where there is a different person in charge of the animals:

  • cattle and calves, including buffalo
  • deer
  • sheep
  • goats
  • ostriches
  • emus
  • pigs.

Sending animals to slaughter

An ASD must be completed for the following animals when sent for processing:

  • cattle and calves, including buffalo
  • deer
  • sheep
  • goats
  • horses
  • alpacas
  • llamas
  • ostriches
  • emus
  • pigs.

The only exception is bobby calves sent direct to slaughter under a commercial declaration.

Owners of cattle and deer

Every person owning cattle or deer must register these animals as a herd with TBfree and NAIT. The Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) provides optional MINDA registration.

Completing an ASD

The ASD must be completed by the person in charge of the animals. It must be printed exactly as published on this website — at 100% of the A4 size. Or it can be in an electronic format that meets the requirements of the published ASD.

A different ASD form is used for pigs.

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