As per Johnes Disease in Cattle FAQ Fact Sheet published by Animal Health Australia
Can I introduce cattle from a lower J-BAS herd?
Producers may choose to introduce small numbers of animals with a lower score; however this may affect your J-BAS. It's important you are confident that the source herd is low risk and well managed under good biosecurity practices.
Introduced animals should be noted in the biosecurity plan and handled through actions like monitoring them for signs of illness, keeping them separate from vulnerable young cattle on the property and/or testing them (especially if a J-BAS 7 and 8 herd where testing is required).
Introductions for J-BAS 7 and 8 herds should be discussed with the veterinary advisor before purchasing the animals.
Herds selling cattle to WA will need to check with the WA Department for entry requirements.
For further information pertaining to this subject the attached FAQ Sheet is recommended reading.
As of the 30th of June 2018 Herd Testing should be completed to finalise your herd being a JBAS 7 or 8 Score. This shall be completed by a Veterinarian.
If testing is not completed by the 30th of June a Sample Test of 200 to 300 head will be required to bring your herd up to a JBAS 7 score with the testing every 3rd year after that of 50 head.
For entry to the Northern Territory the requirement is that you can be a JBAS 6. Paperwork is mandatory.
For entry to Western Australia you can be a JBAS 7 Score with the requirement of yearly testing of 50 head.
JBAS 8 is not a requirement but is also eligible. Paperwork is mandatory.
If any of your animals are sold to the Northern Territory or Western Australia please see your agent, prior to leaving the Saleyards, to confirm that all paperwork is in order for fast delivery of sale animals.
For all sales you will require the following paperwork to be completed and to travel with the cattle:
National Vendor Declaration
National Health Declaration
Most Recent BJD Testing Results
A copy of the Front Page of your Biosecurity Plan. It is advised however that you do travel with your full Biosecurity Plan should it be required.
Please make your own enquiries with your Veterinarian re above information.
BJD MEMBERS UPDATE
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.
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
BIO – SECURITY PLAN INFORMATION ****NEW ADVICE****
ALL producers will be required to complete a farm bio-security plan as part of the “Livestock Assurance Program” (LPA).
The bio-security plan to comply with LPA will be the “LBN” cut down bio-security plan which also complies with JBAS - 7 and JBAS - 6.
We have been advised that the preferred bio-security plan to comply with JBAS -7 & JBAS - 6 is the LBN cut down & Bio-Security Plan.
Please note the entry requirements for each state/territory:
1. A bio-security plan (LBN cut down bio-security plan Download link below) implemented by the 30th June 2017 and this must be overseen by a veterinarian.
2. Check test of 50 animals (annually)
1. A bio-security plan implemented by the 30th June 2017 and this DOES NOT require a veterinarian oversite. (LBN cut down bio-security plan Download link below)
**** PLEASE NOTE ****
Individual properties (cattle producers) in the Northern Territory and Queensland, may require a higher level of BJD management.
Members are advised to consider maintaining Queensland’s current level of JBAS – 7 to ensure maximum competition on all cattle sales. If a members wishes to maintain JBAS – 7, the following requirements must be meet.
JBAS – 7
1. A bio-security plan (LBN cut down bio-security plan Download link below) implemented by the 30th June 2017overseen by a veterinarian
2. A triennial check test of 50 animals with the first test to be completed by 30th June 2018
Please Note as with previous conditions of sale, members wishing to sell cattle at any of the ABBA sales or privately to buyers in Western Australia and now Northern Territory, are to provide a copy of the test results and LBN cut down bio-security plan as proof of compliance to our registrations department, email@example.com
Thank you for your cooperation with this important issue.