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Farm Biosecurity Plan

Animal Health Australia (AHA) coordinates the national Johne’s disease (JD) in cattle Framework for Australia’s beef and dairy industries, governments and veterinarians.

Effective biosecurity at the enterprise and industry level is considered to be extremely important in mitigating the risk of the introduction or spread of animal diseases.

Developing a farm biosecurity plan

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

Australia’s grazing industries have published the National farm biosecurity reference manual—grazing livestock production as the basis for developing a farm biosecurity plan.

Cattle producers should:

  • assess the risk of introducing JD posed by recent and current management and take steps to reduce that risk.
  • always ask for a declaration of JD status when buying cattle, goats and alpacas to assess and manage the risk of stock offered for sale.
  • always ask for the Dairy BJD Assurance Score when buying dairy breeds of cattle or beef breeds from dairy holdings.
  • assume responsibility for managing the risks of JD in cattle and other diseases on their property.
  • maintain good on-farm biosecurity practices.
  • be familiar with the rules and restrictions on trading cattle interstate.

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Page reviewed: July 3, 2016