Keeping horses


Japanese encephalitis

Japanese encephalitis has been detected in Australian piggeries in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland.

A small number of positive cases have been detected in feral pigs in the Northern Territory. Surveillance is continuing.

Report anything suspicious in animals by calling 1800 675 888.

Find out more about Japanese encephalitis.

There are large numbers of race, pleasure, working and feral horses and donkeys in the Northern Territory (NT).

These pages have information for horse owners, horse industry workers and transporters in the NT.

Horses, donkeys and mules are classed as livestock and owners must therefore abide by the same sorts of rules and regulations as the owners of cattle and other livestock.

Property identification code

If you are a property owner in the NT where horses, mules and donkeys are kept, the property must have a property identification code (PIC), regardless of the size of the block.

Read more about PICs and how to register your property.


For more information about horses and biosecurity issues contact your nearest regional livestock biosecurity officer.

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Last updated: 27 July 2021

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