LPA Changes From 1 October 2017
All LPA accredited cattle, sheep and goat producers will need to complete a Farm Biosecurity Plan to demonstrate they:
- minimise the risk of introducing and spreading infectious diseases on their properties
- manage and record the introduction and movement of livestock
- where practical control and record people, equipment and vehicles entering the property
- control and regularly monitor livestock health on farm
- ensure all livestock movements between owners are accompanied by an Animal Health Declaration (or equivalent)
Cattle producers who have developed a Farm Biosecurity Plan as part of their approach to JD management will not need to complete another to meet LPA requirements.
producers will be notified by email or post two months before it is time to renew their accreditation. This has traditionally happened annually but will now be done once every three years, on the anniversary of their original sign-up date.
PRINT & FILL OUT THE BIOSECURITY PLAN & STORE IN YOUR FILING CABINET TO BE J-BAS6
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 but you will need to present it when you are audited.
National Livestock Health Declarations:
All LPA-accredited producers will receive information on the changes towards the end of July.
Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) Changes
Cattle producers wishing to identify and manage the risk of JD occurring in their herd through J-BAS must complete a Biosecurity plan for each property. Key points include:
- Herds with a transition score of J-BAS 7 or 8 will have changed to a J-BAS 6 if no Biosecurity plan was in place by 1 July 2017
- Producers who do not have a Biosecurityplan can return their herds to J-BAS 7 or 8 by implementing a Biosecurity plan signed by their vet, who can also advise on what testing is required
- J-BAS of 6 with a Biosecurity plan in place will meet the marketing requirements of most producers (without the need for a vet signature).
- Cattle moving into NT need a J-BAS of 6 (or higher) and a Cattle Health Declaration
- Cattle moving into Western Australia need a J-BAS of 7 or 8 (depending on origin)
- Having sheep or goats on the property does not by itself affect J-BAS, but in giving cattle a J-BAS, producers need to take into account if and when JD was last seen in any species on the property.