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July 07, 2017

With Bovine Johne’s disease transitional arrangements ending on June 30, 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.

LLS executive director David Witherdin said LLS 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,’’ Mr Witherdin said.

‘‘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 ended on Friday, 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 was in place by July 1, 2017. They can regain their score of 7 or 8 by implementing an on-farm biosecurity plan at any time, as overseen by their veterinarian.

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

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