As of July 1st 2017, the new national approach to Bovine Johne’s Disease (BJD) will take full effect.
The new BJD framework focuses on managing on-farm biosecurity risk, rather than just controlling the spread of the disease through regulation and quarantine, as it has in the past. This is achieved through a new system called the Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS).
J-BAS is a risk profiling tool developed as part of the new framework and is used as a guide to assist producers in assessing the risk of bringing BJD into their herd and to encourage them to seek further information about the health status of animals that they are looking to introduce onto their property.
There are four levels going forward, including:
* Complete a relevant biosecurity plan
* Biosecurity plan to be held on farm (basic minimum requirement – this will also be a requirement for LPA accreditation from Oct 2017)
* Does not require a Veterinarian signature
* Required level for entry into NT (please refer to your individual state biosecurity requirements)
* Required level for entry into shows, etc. nationally
* Biosecurity plan implemented by 30th June 2017 overseen by vet
* Triennial check test of 50 animals. First test to be completed by 30th June 2018
* Minimum requirement for entry into WA. Check test is also required annually to enter WA.
* Highest status
* Check tests of 250-300 animals
* Similar to previous MN3 status
* Described as “suspect, infected or unknown” in relation to BJD
NB: If producers have not completed an On-Farm Biosecurity Plan prior to 30th June 2017, their property (PIC number) will drop to J-BAS 0. If status drops to J-BAS 0 it could take five years and potentially significant expense to get back to J-BAS 6, 7 or 8 status.
TO EASE ANY CONCERN – QUICK SUMMARY
Complete a biosecurity plan via simple online application pre-30th June 2017 to attain J-BAS6 points.
Wait and you will eventually need to go through the process of a biosecurity plan to retain LPA accreditation.
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.
ACCESS THE REQUIRED FORMS HERE:
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.