Biosecurity plan

As you may already be aware, Johne’s disease (JD) is still a notifiable disease.  However, most state jurisdictions removed regulation for JD on 1 July 2016. Under the new approach to JD (the Johnes Beef Assurance Score or J-BAS) a preferred Biosecurity Plan, needs to be completed (including Section 7 for Johne’s Disease) by 30 June 2017 if you wish to maintain your current Transitional J-BAS score. 

If you do not have a Biosecurity Plan in place by 30 June 2017 your herd will drop to J-BAS 0. Download a Grazing manual biosecurity form (PDF – 1mb)

Cattle entry requirements

For entry of cattle to WA: the minimum J-BAS score is J-BAS 7 for Qld and NT herds and J-BAS 8 for herds in all other states.

For entry of cattle to NT: the minimum J-BAS score is J-BAS 6 although some NT breeders may require a higher (J-BAS 7) level.

To maintain a J-BAS level of 7 or 8 you will need to conduct a Check Test (up to 50 animals over two years of age) by 30 June 2018.

From 1 October 2017 a requirement of the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program is that you must have a Farm Biosecurity Plan which will be subject to audit by LPA. The attached Biosecurity Plan is acceptable/recommended for LPA.

You may answer “No” or “Not Applicable” to some sections of the fillable cut-down LBN Biosecurity Plan. You may also find that some veterinarians are not prepared to sign the document. Simply file the completed document and have it available should a purchaser of your cattle request to see the Biosecurity Plan at any time in the future.

As previously advised under the Transitional Arrangements for the Deregulation of BJD the following J-BAS scores were given to herds for the period to 30 June 2017.

  • Cattle MAP MN1, MN2 & MN3 herds were given a J-BAS score of 8
  • Free Zone (WA) herds were given a J-BAS score of 8
  • Protected Zone (QLD and NT & pastoral SA) were given a J-BAS score of 7
  • Beef Protected Area beef herds (NSW and non-pastoral SA) were given a J-BAS score of 7
  • Herds which qualified as “Beef Only” in the Management Area (Vic and Tas) were given a J-BAS score of 7

More information and assistance

For further information contact 

Alex McDonald
BJD representative
Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association (ARCBA)

Phone: 0412 811 123 or Email