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)
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.
For further information contact
Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association (ARCBA)
Phone: 0412 811 123 or Email