A lot has been said about Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) and the Cattle Health Declarations lately. To help elevate some confusion here are some guidelines:
• NVD waybills relate to food safety
• Cattle Health Declaration (CHD) relate to animal health
They are two separate documents as they address two separate issues.

Agents running auction sales should announce J-BAS when the score is different from a 6. The majority of cattle going through saleyards will be J-BAS 6. If cattle present to auction sale with a J-BAS 0, J-BAS 2, J-BAS 4, J-BAS 7 or J-BAS 8 then the agent selling these cattle should announce their respective J-BAS status scores.

This is not likely to be a frequent event. Pre and post sale reports are currently being reviewed to allow the inclusion of whether or not cattle consigned for sale have a CHD and what J-BAS status score a consignment is, if applicable.

Agents fielding questions relating to J-BAS and the presence of a CHD can refer purchasers to the pre sale report. It will be up to the purchaser as to whether or not they want to see the CHD and or receive a copy. If they do wish to obtain a copy then the agent should arrange for them to receive a copy.

It is advantageous to provide a CHD with cattle destined for sale.

By having a CHD simply does not make the livestock eligible for some markets. It is the content referring to health status and mostly the J-BAS level that buyers want to know. If your vendors want to possibly receive full competition they should supply a fully completed and correct CHD.

Some markets (entry into Northern Territory) require a CHD, therefore it is preferred that agents tell their clients the benefits of sending in a CHD with their NVD. It is advantageous to producers as part of J-BAS and biosecurity management to request a CHD prior to purchasing to further assist them in managing animal health on their properties.

Attached is an information pack relating to how J-BAS will operate on sale days. CLICK HERE