JD in cattle tools
UPDATE: In an important update for producers, herds with a transition score of J-BAS 7 or 8 became J-BAS 6 rather than J-BAS 0, if no on-farm biosecurity plan was in place by 1 July 2017. Producers have an opportunity to return their herds to J-BAS 7 or 8 by implementing a biosecurity plan straight away (overseen and signed by their veterinarian) and conducting the first of their triennial check-tests by 30 June 2018 with clear results. Read more here
Animal Health Australia (AHA) coordinates industry-funded projects to manage Johne’s disease (JD) in cattle, sheep, goats and alpacas. Our projects work to protect Australia’s favourable JD status and reduce the impacts of the disease and its control measures on the livestock industries.
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Tools for producers to manage and prevent JD in their cattle
A number of tools are available for cattle producers to help them prevent JD entering or manage it in their cattle.
The Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) has been developed as a risk profiling tool for beef producers and the National Dairy BJD Assurance Score (Dairy Score) continues to be available for dairy producers. These self-assessment scores allow producers to demonstrate what they may be doing for JD on their property. They also allow producers who may be considering buying cattle to do an initial check on JD assurance, however it is important that they ask more questions as there are many other factors to consider.
All producers should ask for health information about cattle before buying them and the best way to obtain this is via the National Cattle Health Declaration. It has valuable information about JD and pestivirus, and the treatments and vaccinations that the cattle have received.
The JD Biosecurity Checklist has been developed to help producers determine other questions they may want to ask about the JD history of the cattle and their property of origin.
For herds with Johne’s disease, vaccination of cattle with Silirum® should be considered. This inactivated (killed) vaccine is a tool to complement on farm disease management practices relating to JD. Producers wanting to use the vaccine in their cattle should check with their relevant Department of Primary Industries (or equivalent) about any state/territory rules for using it, and also follow the label requirements for permanent identification of vaccinates.
J-BAS requires a property biosecurity plan for all scores. The On-farm biosecurity plan template, which incorporates the JD Biosecurity Checklist, has been developed for producers to use for this purpose (fillable form, best opened in Google Chrome or download a Word copy). This meets the national industry minimum standards of the National Farm Biosecurity Reference Manual – Grazing Livestock Production.
The Livestock Biosecurity Network have a number of on-farm planning tools available.
Groups of producers may also wish to work together to enhance their biosecurity. Like-minded producers who, for example, have the same breed of cattle or who are within a particular region or supply network can use Cooperative Biosecurity Plan Guidelines that have been developed to provide a list of elements that these groups should consider when forming.
See the Livestock Biosecurity Network for help with biosecurity planning.
State JD coordinators can be contacted for information about the disease and biosecurity.
Contact your local cattle veterinarian for help with testing and biosecurity plans.
Tools for veterinarians and animal health officers helping producers with JD in cattle
A useful reference document has been developed by the cattle industries, with help from the state/territory departments of primary industries. The JD in cattle Definitions and Guidelines is a resource for information on JD tests and testing, as well as other JD issues.
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