In recent weeks 13 cattle have returned positive results for Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) when tested a number of days after arrival in Indonesia.
Lumpy Skin Disease does not pose a risk to human health.
It is important to reaffirm that Australia remains LSD-free, confirmed by extensive testing and surveillance across Northern Australia since the detection of LSD in Indonesia in 2022. The robust systems that Australia has for the ongoing monitoring of our animal disease status supports us to trade right around the world.
Further surveillance and testing continue across the northern cattle industry conducted by private and government vets with all testing over the past 12 months showing negative results.
The industry and the states and territories are working closely with the Australian Government to provide the assurances sought by Indonesia’s authorities.
We respect the right of Indonesia’s technical authorities to seek relevant assurances that live cattle exported from Australia comply with their animal health requirements.
This includes being free of LSD.
The Australian cattle industry has a long and deep relationship with Indonesia. This relationship remains critical to Northern Australia and our region underpinning strong economic, social and cultural ties.
Cattle Australia is continuing to work with the Australian government, the Australian Chief Veterinary Officer Mark Schipp, the Australian Agriculture Minister, and our overseas diplomatic post in Indonesia.
For further information please visit the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry at: https://www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity-trade/pests-diseases-weeds/animal/lumpy-skin-disease
CEO, Cattle Australia
Please see the statement from Australian Veterinary Officer, Mark Schipp below:
“The detection of lumpy skin disease (LSD) in Australian cattle exported to Indonesia
As Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer, I can confirm that lumpy skin disease, or LSD, has never been detected in Australia, and Australia remains free from the disease.
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has been advised by the Indonesian Agriculture and Quarantine Agency (IAQA) that LSD has been detected in a small number of Australian cattle exported to Indonesia—after those cattle had arrived and spent some time in Indonesia.
Given the presence of LSD in Indonesia, positive results in cattle post arrival in Indonesia are not unexpected.
As Australia remains LSD free, a detection of LSD in another country—such as Indonesia—does not change Australia’s animal health status.
We have worked closely with our Indonesian colleagues for many years on joint areas of interest such as animal biosecurity. We continue to do so to provide assurance that all animals exported from Australia comply with all Indonesian requirements, including being free of LSD.
Australia has robust biosecurity systems in place for the ongoing monitoring of Australia’s animal disease status including for LSD.
LSD is a highly infectious viral disease of cattle and buffalo that is transmitted by biting insects —it is not a disease that poses a risk to humans.
There is no cause for concern for Australian cattle producers as Australia remains LSD free.
Australia continues to trade livestock products internationally including live cattle to Indonesia.
Dr Mark Schipp, Chief Veterinary Officer of Australia”