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Queensland has been granted a 3-month extension for the completion of their biosecurity plans Biosecurity Plans which are now to be completed by 1st October 2017

You may be aware of recent changes to JD requirements. This is an industry led initiative and future information is available from contacting the below number or websites. If you know any other producers or friends that may benefit from this information please forward.

*All properties will have to implement a biosecurity plan from 1 October 2017 to meet LPA requirements*

Further information

Queensland producers are encouraged to contact Rachael O’Brien on 0418 7224 61 or

More information on Johne’s disease is available on the Animal Health Australia website

Answers to the Johne’s disease and the Queensland beef industry: frequently asked questions. This information is current as at 22 May 2017.

Please check your local veterinarian or Animal Health Australia for the most recent information and to discuss Johne’s disease in more detail. A list of contacts and references for more information in available on the ‘More resources, references and links’ tab in the FAQs.


We are endeavouring to plan more information day/s with industry representatives, followed by a Q & A session.

*Possible further date/s and times to be confirmed*

We stress this is an industry led initiative and we are trying to take reasonable steps in keeping our clients up-to-date.


Information on JBAS, LPA and biosecurity planning

Information for QLD cattle producers on JBAS, LPA and biosecurity planning

What’s new?

Johnes Beef Assurance Score (JBAS) is a risk profiling tool developed to support producers manage the risk of Johnes disease in their herd.
Additional to this, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) announced that it would be introducing Biosecurity as one of its Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) standards effective from 1 October 2017.

What does it mean?

Johnes Beef Assurance Score (JBAS)

  • Queensland herds without clinical cases of Johnes Disease are currently JBAS 7.
  • To remain JBAS 7, you must have a biosecurity plan endorsed by a vet by 1 July 2017 and have undertaken a ‘check test’ with clear results by 1 July 2018.
  • To maintain JBAS 6, you will require an on-property biosecurity plan in place. This falls in line with the introduction of the LPA Biosecurity module on 1 October 2017 that requires an on-property biosecurity plan.
  • To travel to WA, you will need to be JBAS 7 or 8 (and meet other entry requirements). JBAS 7 or 8 requires a vet to approve the biosecurity planning and testing.
  • Cattle travelling to the NT from 1 July 2017 will need to be JBAS 6 and accompanied by a Cattle Health Declaration from the property of origin. There is no need for vet endorsement or testing.

Livestock Production Assurance & Biosecurity

  • a. In order to gain or renew LPA accreditation from 1 October you are required to have a biosecurity plan in place
  • b. If you develop a plan for JBAS there is no need to have a separate plan for LPA.

Where do I go for more information?

Below are two biosecurity plan templates that can be used to develop your on-farm biosecurity plan and will meet the requirements of both JBAS and LPA.

A. Animal Health Australia- Grazing Manual Biosecurity Form is a simple and quick to complete checklist of on farm biosecurity procedures. It contains a number of weblinks to other sources of information.

Johnes Grazing Manual Biosecurity Template

B. Livestock Biosecurity Network – Biosecurity plan template is a comprehensive biosecurity planning template that is what we work through at the workshops.

On Farm Biosecurity plan


More Resources

Farm BioSecurity Action Planner

Farm Biosecurity action planner

Johnes Beef Assurance Score

Johnes Beef Assurance Score

National Cattle Health Declaration

National Cattle Health Declaration


National Cattle Health Declaration – we recommend the National Cattle Health Declaration is used when trading cattle. Note!  New animal health declaration form ( 18th May 2018) replaces the original form as part of your on farm Biosecurity. The new form is much easier to use when selling through saleyards and private sales. Direct to works cattle do not required the form.

They do not replace the NVD, just attach it to the NVD and pass on the buyer or your agent when selling cattle.

For all other biosecurity issues please contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.

What is AgForce doing?
Trying to organise more workshops – Click here to express interest in attending possible future workshops

Watch this video for a complete rundown on the changes