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Local Land Services supporting industry in Johne’s disease transition

With bovine Johne’s disease transitional arrangements coming to an end on 30 June 2017, Local Land Services has been active in helping NSW graziers understand and adapt to the implications of the industry-led changes.

The Johne’s beef assurance score (J-BAS) system is a tool developed by the cattle industry to manage the risk of Johne’s disease in beef cattle following the removal of the traditional regulation in mid-2016.

Since then, the voluntary J-BAS system has been managed by Animal Health Australia on behalf of the Cattle Council of Australia.

Local Land Services Executive Director, David Witherdin said Local Land Services is well placed to support Animal Health Australia and the Cattle Council in explaining the new arrangements.

“Our staff are on the ground to support farmers. As part of their work, they are often the first port of call for customer enquiries around industry changes,” said Mr Witherdin.

“Most recently they have been working closely with the community to help clarify the implications of industry decisions around the Johne’s disease arrangements.

“Many areas have been running workshops and across the state all regions have been sharing the message that the Johne’s disease transitional arrangements are coming to an end.”

Transitional arrangements for Johne's disease end on 30 June 2017, meaning any producer who wants to maintain their current J-BAS score is urged to implement a biosecurity plan.

Any producer with a J-BAS score of 7 or 8 will revert to a J-BAS 6 if no on-farm biosecurity plan is in place by 1 July 2017. They can regain their score of 7 or 8 by implementing an on-farm biosecurity plan at any time (overseen by their veterinarian).

To find out more about the new arrangements visit the Animal Health Australia website, or contact your Local Land Services office, private veterinarian or livestock agent.

Caption: Staff and participants at an Armidale biosecurity planning workshop organised by Local Land Services, AD Commodities and the University of New England: (L-R) Steve Eastwood, Don Carruthers, Tony Keech, Caroline Coupland, April Youngberry and Kirsty White.

High resolution image available on request.


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