Information on JBAS, LPA and biosecurity planning

Information for QLD cattle producers on JBAS, LPA and biosecurity planning

What’s new?
  • Johnes Beef Assurance Score (JBAS) is a risk profiling tool developed to support producers manage the risk of Johnes disease in their herd.
  • Additional to this, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA)  announced that it would be introducing Biosecurity as one of its Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) standards effective from 1 October 2017.
What does it mean?
  • Johnes Beef Assurance Score (JBAS)

    - Queensland herds without clinical cases of Johnes Disease are currently JBAS 7.

    -To remain JBAS 7, you must have a biosecurity plan endorsed by a vet by 1 July 2017 and have undertaken a 'check test' with clear results by 1 July 2018.

    - To maintain JBAS 6, you will require an on-property biosecurity plan in place. This falls in line with the introduction of the LPA Biosecurity module on 1 October 2017 that requires an on property biosecurity plan.

    - To travel to WA, you will need to be JBAS 7 or 8 (and meet other entry requirements). JBAS 7 or 8 requires a vet to approve the biosecurity planning and testing.

    - Cattle travelling to the NT from 1 July 2017 will need to be JBAS 6 and accompanied by a Cattle Health Declaration from the property of origin. There is no need for vet endorsement or testing.
  • Livestock Production Assurance & Biosecurity
    a. In order to gain or renew LPA accreditation from 1 October you are required to have a biosecurity plan in place
    b. If you develop a plan for JBAS there is no need to have a separate plan for LPA.
Where do I go for more information?
  • Details of Biosecurity & LPA can be found here or by referring to this checklist or by completing the eLearning modules.
  • Details of JBAS can be found here and by referring to these FAQs
  • Below are two biosecurity plan templates that can be used to develop your on farm biosecurity plan and will meet the requirements of both JBAS and LPA.
    a. Animal Health Australia- Grazing Manual Biosecurity Form is a simple and quick to complete checklist of on farm biosecurity procedures. It contains a number of weblinks to other sources of information.
    b. Livestock Biosecurity Network – Biosecurity plan template is a comprehensive biosecurity planning template that is what we work through at the workshops. 
  • National Cattle Health Declaration - we recommend the National Cattle Health Declaration is used when trading cattle.
  • For all other biosecurity issues please contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.
What is AgForce doing?
  • Trying to organise more workshops - Click here to express interest in attending possible future workshops
  • Seeking producers to fill out the Biosecurity survey so that we can identify gaps and issues to focus further biosecurity activities. Your responses will contribute to a greater understanding of current on farm biosecurity knowledge, capability and practices.
Watch this video for a complete rundown on the changes

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