June 2, 2017

Dear Member,
As we advised you recently (and reported widely in the media), the Transition Arrangements for the deregulation of Bovine Johnes Disease in Australia, ends on 30th June 2017 (1 months’ time).
It is very important that all Members make a decision on a course of action prior to 30th June, 2017.
On 1st July 2016, all properties in Queensland and NT were given a Transitional J-BAS 7 Status as an interim measure (until 30th June 2017).

WA properties and NSW properties with MN1, 2 & 3 were given a Transitional J-BAS 8 Status until 30th June, 2017.
If you wish to retain your current transitional J-BAS Score (7 or 8) you will need to do the following:

  1. Complete an On-farm Biosecurity Plan and have it signed by your vet prior to 30th June, 2017.

  2. Get your vet to conduct a Check Test 50 on your herd (with a negative result) within the next 13 months (prior to 30th June, 2018).

This requires only an On-farm Biosecurity Plan, which doesn’t need to be signed by a vet and does not require a Check Test 50 to be done.Your vet must conduct the Check Test 50, which involves faecal samples being collected (from up to 50 animals over two years of age) and sent to a lab for testing.Another option for consideration is J-BAS 6. To maintain the J-BAS 7 or J-BAS 8 status in the future you will also need to have your On-farm Biosecurity Plan reviewed annually by your vet and you will need to do a Check Test 50 every 3 years.

However, having only J-BAS 6 status may limit the interest in your animals from buyers who have J-BAS 7 or J-BAS 8 status (see below). 


To assist Members with this process, we have attached for your convenience, the Biosecurity Plan developed by the Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN) and Animal Health Australia (AHA), which has been approved by Western Australian and Northern Territory authorities.
You should ensure your veterinarian is willing to sign the attached Biosecurity Plan prior to completing it. If your veterinarian will not sign it, you should contact another veterinarian.
Once completed, please “file” the completed document at home and have it available should a purchaser of your cattle request to see the Biosecurity Plan at any time in the future.
The attached Biosecurity Plan is also available online: 
(Windows Explorer will not open the internet link – please use an alternative internet browser).
If you have not completed an On-farm Biosecurity Plan and had it signed by your vet prior to 30th June, 2017 your property (PIC No.) will drop to J-BAS 0. 
J-BAS 0 is described as “suspect, infected or unknown” in relation to BJD. 
Be aware, if you drop to J-BAS 0 it could take you 5 years at potentially significant expense to get back to J-BAS 6, 7 or 8 status.
The Society is not recommending what course of action each Member should take, because everyone’s circumstances are different, however we want to make sure all Members are aware that they need to make a decision one way or the other prior to 30th June, 2017.
For the entry of stud and commercial cattle to WA, the minimum requirement is J-BAS 7 for Qld and NT herds and J-BAS 8 for herds in all other states. WA also require a negative Check Test 50 no more than 12 months prior to presenting cattle at the WA border.
For the entry of stud and commercial cattle to NT the minimum requirement is J-BAS 6, although some NT breeders may require a higher (J-BAS 7) level.
There is no minimum requirement for any other state or territory.
If you are not intending to sell cattle to Western Australia or the Northern Territory you may not see a necessity in having J-BAS 6 or 7 or 8 status, however you may limit buying competition on your cattle at auction sales as follows:

  1. Commercial herds which sell Live Export cattle into NT have to be J-BAS 6, so they may be hesitant about buying bulls from herds below J-BAS 6.

  2. Studs which are selling animals into Western Australia are required (by WA entry conditions) to nominate if they have introduced any cattle into their herds which are of a lower J-BAS Score than they currently have, subsequent to conducting their last Check Test 50.  WA authorities have indicated they will accept the introduction of a small % of animals from a lowers core, provided those animals are being included in the next Check Test 50.  

  3. The attached Biosecurity Plan lists buying only animals from properties with the same or higher J-BAS Score as a method of mitigating the risk of introducing BJD.

Therefore, some studs and commercial herds may restrict their buying to only studs which have J-BAS 6, 7 or 8 status.
Some useful background information can be found on the following website pages:
The following link provides some scenarios for cattle going from state to state:
For Queensland Members, some of your queries may be answered by clicking on the following link:
If you need further information please contact your veterinarian.
If they are unable to assist contact the BJD Co-ordinator in your state.


  1. Animals from properties which are not J-BAS 6, 7 & 8, will need to be penned separately at shows and sales to meet biosecurity requirements.  

  2. MLA are due to announce shortly that from 1 October 2017 a requirement of the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program is that you must have an On-farm Biosecurity Plan which will be subject to audit by LPA.

The attached Biosecurity Plan is acceptable/recommended for LPA.
It has not been confirmed, but it is believed that J-BAS 7 or J-BAS 8 will not a mandatory requirement for LPA.


As previously advised, under the Transitional Arrangements for the Deregulation of BJD the following J-BAS scores were given to herds for the period to 30 June, 2017.

  • Cattle MAP MN1, MN2 & MN3 herds were given a J-BAS score of 8

  • Free Zone (WA) herds were given a J-BAS score of 8

  • Protected Zone (QLD and NT & pastoral SA) were given a J-BAS score of 7

  • Beef Protected Area beef herds (NSW and non pastoral SA) were given a J-BAS score of 7

  • Herds which qualified as “Beef Only” in the Management Area (Vic and Tas) were given a J-BAS score of 7


Neil Donaldson

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