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JD and cattle trading

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

The main way JD first arrives on a property is on the back of a truck, through the purchase or agistment of infected cattle. Once established in a herd or on a property, it is time consuming and challenging to eradicate JD, which can cause production losses and cattle deaths.

Through research and experience people better understand how JD behaves in Australia and in the different livestock sectors. Effective management systems have been developed to avoid JD infection or manage its spread.

Industry groups and individual producers now have greater input into JD control, especially in southern Australia JD is most prevalent.

Risk-based trading

Effective risk-based trading depends very much on the understanding and integrity of the traders.

Market assurance programs (MAPs)

AHA administers the Johne’s disease market assurance programs (MAPs) in the National Johne’s Disease Project (NJDP) for producers to openly demonstrate the low risk of their animals having JD.

The MAPs for cattle, sheep, goats and alpacas share a common philosophy and consistent approach, but each is tailored to the species and industry as new needs, knowledge and tools (e.g. vaccine, tests) come to light.

Public registers of MAP herds and flocks, status certificates and annual veterinary reviews underpin the integrity of the MAPs.

Herd owner declarations

Other sector-specific tools to increase access to risk-based trading:

The scores rely on an owner’s declaration that the herd satisfies the criteria to meet the claimed assurance score or rating.

Cattle sellers and buyers both need to understand that the declaration is legally binding.

Most of the information to help producers make these declarations is available on the National Cattle Health Declaration, which also provides information on other animal health issues.

The dairy score can be declared as a number on the normal cattle National Vendor Declaration (NVD) form.

A Dairy BJD Assurance declaration form outlining how the score has been determined is available for buyers, shows or interstate authorities to use.

It is important to check the declaration before buying the animals.

Stock movement requirements

Controlling livestock movements may be important for disease management and livestock traceability.

When moving livestock from one property to another, owners must follow mandatory requirements depending upon which animals are being moved and where they are going.

Before moving any livestock, owners should check the requirements with a local animal health officer or on the relevant state or territory website. These can be found through the AHA Livestock Movements page.

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Page reviewed: 19/08/2016