Breeders are encouraged to complete the preferred Biosecurity Plan (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.
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.
The new, national approach to bovine Johne’s disease (BJD) in cattle – the BJD Framework – offers a fresh approach to the management of the endemic disease. It focuses on on-farm biosecurity risk rather than controlling disease through regulation, and treats BJD as just one of many diseases that producers must manage within their business.Here are some resources to help you understand the changes and manage BJD in your cattle enterprise: