July 1st 2017 will see the end of Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (JBAS) transition period.
What this mean for producers with ‘beef only’ herds:
- A property with no biosecurity plan in place by the end of June 2017 will revert to a J-BAS 0, potentially locking them out of markets reliant on the J-BAS scoring system.
- A property wishing to retain a JBAS 6 must have a biosecurity plan in place by the end of June 2017, otherwise they will drop to a J-BAS 0. For many producers this will give them the flexibility to increase their score for future trading options.
- A property wishing to retain a J-BAS 7 must have a biosecurity plan in place that is reviewed by a registered veterinarian and undertake a herd check test every 3 years.
Animal health Australia have developed a number of tools which help producers develop a biosecurity plan that will be accepted Australia-wide. Visit www.farmbiosecurity.com.au for details.
Livestock Biosecurity Network, in partnership with Livestock Health & Biosecurity, has also developed a webinar outlining Johne’s disease and the ins and outs of the new JBAS system. This can be found on the LBN website at www.lbn.org.au.
For more info contact the VFF on 1300 882 833 or email [email protected].