Management of Johne's disease in beef herds changed nationally in July 2016 following a review to move from a State regulated structure to on-farm risk based approaches.
In South Australia this means:
- Producers accept responsibility for biosecurity protection measures on their farms to prevent the spread and introduction of diseases.
- Biosecurity SA does not Quarantine cattle properties where JD is detected and therefore there are no movement restrictions on these cattle. This means that these cattle could be offered for sale in markets.
- There are no more Zones or Management Areas for cattle in Australia (for JD) but producers should check for latest requirements for movements to other States on relevant websites.
- SA producers can calculate a J-BAS (Johne’s disease beef cattle assurance score) for their property and use this to guide decisions about risks and assurances they want in purchase options. Equally, SA producers can then declare this score on completed Cattle Health Declarations.
- The use of Cattle Health Declarations is voluntary in South Australia, but LPA (Livestock Producers Australia) now require that producers have a Biosecurity Plan as part of their on going accreditation.
Further information about the National Review process, outcomes and further information about J BAS can be found at the Animal Health Australia webpages, Johne's disease and Johne's disease cattle tools.
Review of national Johne’s Disease Control Program
JD has been managed under the National Bovine Johne’s Disease Strategic Plan since 2003. The new framework was written after a scheduled review by Animal Health Australia in 2015.
The review included consultation with industry, government and the community on how to best manage JD.
The new framework released outlines how Australia will manage JD in cattle into the future.
Implementation of the new framework
The implementation phase is now underway by state governments and industry bodies. This website will be updated as new information is made available to producers.
For further information about the new framework go to the Animal Health Australia JD information for national updates regarding the implementation.