Johne’s Disease Biosecurity Plans to Keep J-BAS


The new national approach to managing Bovine Johnes Disease (BJD) is to take full effect from the 1st of October 2017. The Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) is a voluntary risk profiling tool to help producers self assess the potential threat of BJD entering and infecting their herd.

As your agent, we wish to provide you with information on the necessary steps you should take to ensure you maintain maximum market access. Based on discussions with the Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN) and how we interpret the information available to the best of our knowledge, below is what we believe you should do before the 30th of September 2017. We will keep you up to date, as we learn more.

Until October 1st all Queensland properties hold a J-BAS 7. To maintain a J-BAS 6 or higher from then, you will be required to have a farm biosecurity plan in place.

Farm Biosecurity Plan Requirements

J-BAS 6 will be the maximum score required by the majority of you. From October 1st, cattle with a J-BAS 6 can still enter the NT.

To maintain a J-BAS 6, all that you are required to do is complete the Grazing Manual Biosecurity Form provided in the link below and keep it in your office for when a prospective buyer or regulative authority might want to access it. It does not have to be submitted to or endorsed by a regulatory body.

We highly recommend taking the time to complete this 7 page form to maintain a J-BAS 6. If this is not done by September 30th, your herd J-BAS score will drop to 0, which is the same status for herds infected or suspected to be infected. Please note that it can take up to 5 years to get back to a J-BAS 6, in which time your herd may not have access to certain markets.

National Cattle Health Declarations

Producers wanting to maintain their J-BAS are also being urged to request Cattle Health Declarations when procuring cattle, in order to ensure you do not put your disease status at risk. In turn, when selling, we strongly recommend that you complete and send with your NVD a Cattle Health Declaration, in order to maximise your herd’s marketability. This form can be found at the below link.

J-BAS 7 and Higher

To maintain a J-BAS 7, which is the minimum required for entry into WA, you are required to implement a biosecurity plan by the 30th of of June that is overseen by a vet. There will be a transition period from the 1st of July to work with your vet to put the plan in place. Below is a link for the Biosecurity Plan Template provided by LBN. Please speak to your vet to find out more about testing procedures.

Industry Links

If you would like more industry information, please refer to the below industry links:

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