New Johne’s disease biosecurity protocols gazetted

New biosecurity protocols for Johne’s disease (JD) were gazetted by the Northern Territory Government on Wednesday 28 June 2017.

As previously announced, the Northern Territory cattle industry had unanimously agreed an assurance level of Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (JBAS) 6 would best facilitate movement of cattle while maintaining biosecurity requirements consistent with live export requirements.

From 1 July 2017 the Northern Territory will have an entry requirement of JBAS 6 for all cattle, unless they are consigned direct to slaughter (no JBAS requirement) or have been associated with high JD risk cattle (will require JBAS 7).

To ensure a JBAS 6 score, Northern Territory properties need to complete and implement a Farm Biosecurity Plan to manage JD risk and have a five-year herd freedom from JD infection.

Cattle Council Australia (CCA) is the lead national body for JD assurance. Recently the CCA, granted an extension of the biosecurity plan requirement to align with its Livestock Production Assurance Program (LPA) requirement for an on-farm biosecurity plan by 1 October 2017.

The gazettal notice supports  national industry requirements for new arrangements for managing JD by 1 July 2017.

The gazettal notice can be viewed on the Northern Territory Government website.

Further information on requirements for other species, resources and tools to assist with herd management is available on the Northern Territory Government Livestock movement’s webpage.

Information is also available on the Farm Biosecurity Australia and Animal Health Australia websites.