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Everything you need to know about JD in cattle

20 Jun 2017

UPDATE: In an important update for producers, herds with a transition score of J-BAS 7 or 8 will revert to a  J-BAS 6 rather than J-BAS 0, if no on-farm biosecurity plan is 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

Johne’s disease (JD) is an incurable bacterial infection that may cause serious wasting and chronic diarrhoea in cattle. It also affects sheep, goats, camelids and deer in Australia. 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.

With recent changes in the way the disease is managed in Australian cattle, producers, vets or anyone working in the cattle production industry can find all the resources they need right here.

Johne’s disease FAQs

Do you have unanswered questions about Johne’s disease? Head on over to our FAQ to see if we can help

Johne’s Disease in Cattle

If you’re unsure about the disease and what to look for, it is important to be aware and reduce the impacts of the disease and its control measures on the livestock industries.

New Approach to JD in Cattle

This page will provide you with everything you need to know regarding the new JD in Cattle Framework, including fact sheets, entry requirements and regular updates.

JD in Cattle Tools

For a number of tools associated with the management and prevention of JD in Cattle, for producers, veterinarians and animal health officers.

Farm Biosecurity Plan

A farm biosecurity plan contains all the measures used to mitigate the risks of disease entry or spread.

The On-farm biosecurity plan template (fillable form, best opened in Google Chrome or download a Word copy) is for producers to work through, with links to supporting documents to access and fill in as required. An additional action list, outlining biosecurity activities to be undertaken over the next 12 months, would help to make this a robust on-farm biosecurity plan specific to the property.

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Last reviewed: 21/06/2017

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