Please find below an announcement with regard to a change to the transitional arrangements for J-BAS which end on 30 June 2017. As stated herds which do not implement a Biosecurity Plan by 30 June 2017 will revert to a J-BAS score of 6 rather than J-BAS 0. However it should be noted that all members of Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) which underpins National Vendor Declarations are required to implement a Farm Biosecurity Plan by 1 October 2017 so members are encouraged to complete, date and sign the cut down Farm Biosecurity Plan including the Johnes Disease module available from the Farm Biosecurity Website http://www.farmbiosecurity.com.au/
Do I need to send my Farm Biosecurity Plan anywhere?
It should be carefully filed so that it can be produced in either of the following situations:
If you have declared on a National Cattle Health Declaration that your herd is J-BAS 6, 7 or 8, a potential purchaser could ask to see your Farm Biosecurity Plan to be assured that your Biosecurity Plan for Johnes Disease minimises the risk of infection of your herd with Johnes Disease.
LPA conducts random audits. From 1 January 2018 if you are audited for LPA compliance the auditor will ask to see your Farm Biosecurity Plan.
ABBA Sales, as with previous conditions of sale, members wishing to sell cattle at any of the ABBA sales to buyers in Western Australia and those who wish to maintain their JBAS 7, are to provide a copy of the test results and LBN cut down bio-security plan as proof of compliance to our registrations department by 28th July 2017 to meet catalogue requirements. firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I need a veterinarian to sign my Farm Biosecurity Plan which includes a Johnes module and will I have to test my herd for Johnes Disease?
If you decide to drop to J-BAS 6 assurance level you do not need a veterinarian to sign off on your Biosecurity Plan and you are not required to conduct any testing of your herd for Johnes Disease.
If you wish to maintain a J-BAS 7 assurance level you are required to have a veterinarian to sign off on your on Farm Biosecurity Plan and review it annually and you will be required to conduct the first Triennial Check Test (up to 50 animals) by 30 June 2018. Note that for a Qld herd wishing to maintain access for cattle to WA an Annual Check Test is required.
We are endeavouring to keep you all updated with the latest information as it is released and thank you for your co-operation with this important issue