June 2017 Edition
Johne’s disease in cattle
What happens on 1 July?
Producers who do not have a biosecurity plan in place on 1 July 2017 can only hold a maximum of J-BAS 6, provided they have had no clinical cases of JD on their property in the past five years.
Producers wanting to hold a J-BAS 7 or 8 (High Assurance) need to have a plan in place and signed off by their vet by this date. Those who are unable to meet these requirements in time can return to J-BAS 7 or 8 by implementing a plan (overseen by a vet) and committing to their first Check Test by 1 July 2018.
State and Territory entry requirements
Western Australia has announced that they will continue to require a high level of assurance for cattle entering the state. This includes a minimum J-BAS score of 7 for cattle originating in Queensland and the Northern Territory, and a J-BAS score of 8 for cattle coming from other states and territories. This makes high J-BAS rankings essential for producers accessing the WA market.
The Northern Territory has announced that, from 1 July 2017, producers selling cattle to NT will require J-BAS 6. At this stage producers can maintain J-BAS 6 by having no clinical cases of JD on their property in the past five years, however they should also work towards implementing a biosecurity plan as this will likely become a requirement for J-BAS rankings above 0 (Infected or infection suspected) in the future.
Why complete an on-farm biosecurity plan?
Managing pests, diseases and weeds on your property safeguards your productivity and profitability. Many producers are already following sound biosecurity practices on their farms. Documenting those efforts will help to assure buyers that your products are high quality and come from a trusted source.
Download a copy of the plan template here
Animal Health Australia has produced an FAQ for producers implementing biosecurity plans to meet J-BAS requirements. You can access this document on the AHA website.
Changes to Livestock Production Assurance
Meat & Livestock Australia have announced changes to LPA which include having a documented on-farm biosecurity plan. Read more here.
Resources for biosecurity planning
LBN has produced a biosecurity workbook for producers to develop their on-farm biosecurity plan.
Animal Health Australia has also released a template which will satisfy planning requirements for J-BAS and Livestock Production Assurance (LPA).
These documents are extensions of the National Farm Biosecurity Reference Manual – Grazing Livestock Production, which sets out biosecurity practices for all grazing livestock industries.
Lastly, supporting documents can be found on the Farm Biosecurity website.
Welcome Frances Gartrell
Biosecurity and Extension Manager for WA
Frances’ key role will be raising awareness about on‐farm biosecurity and emergency animal disease processes, as well as providing general information on animal welfare and surveillance issues, said LBN Chairman Mr James Kellaway.
“LBN is fortunate to have someone of Frances’ caliber and experience join our team of extension experts. Her first‐hand experience in industry compliance has her well placed to ensure WA producers are equipped with the necessary tools and information,” said Mr Kellaway.
“I’m really looking forward to assisting WA cattle producers take control of their own profitability by enhancing their biosecurity credentials. I believe this renewed focus on biosecurity will lead to increased national and international market options for the WA producer”, said Ms Gartrell.