National Dairy Assurance Score
Animal Health Australia (AHA) coordinates the national Johne’s Disease (JD) in cattle Framework for the Australian dairy and beef industries, governments and veterinarians.
National Dairy BJD Assurance Score
The National Dairy BJD Assurance Score is a voluntary classification scheme for Australian dairy cattle.
Based on self-assessment, the simple 8-point score helps dairy farmers to better manage the risk of JD when they are:
- buying, selling or agisting stock
- seeking to increase the level of their herd’s JD assurance.
The Dairy BJD Assurance Score indicates the extent of good JD management practices used, such as calf rearing and herd testing.
Purchasers of dairy and dairy crossbred cattle can now make purchasing decisions based on a risk assessment score that gives assurance about the level of JD risk in the herd.
How to declare the Dairy BJD Assurance Score
In making a declaration of the dairy score, herd owners are required to hold current documentation to support the declaration.
Producers can declare the Dairy BJD Assurance Score on the National Cattle Health Declaration or National Vendor Declaration Form (NVD) by writing in Section 9:
“Dairy Score is (insert total dairy score for individual cattle)”
Producers can complete the Dairy BJD Assurance Declaration form if formal certification is necessary and an NVD is not required.
- Farm biosecurity plan for cattle
- Three Step Calf Rearing Plan
- Johne’s Disease Calf Accreditation Program
- Farm Biosecurity website
- Bovine Johne’s disease—Dairy Australia