Workshops to be held for livestock producers to prepare farm plan

Hunter Local Land Services is hosting a series of Biosecurity Planning workshops in June gearing up livestock producers for the introduction of the new Johnes Disease (JD) J-BAS self-assessment next month and Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) changes in October.

Landholders can learn more about the their farm biosecurity planning requirements at these free workshops run by their local LLS district vet. 

The management of Johnes Disease (JD) in Australia changed significantly in July 2016. As part of the new approach to JD, most states have removed government regulation controlling the disease. Producers are now responsible for managing the JD risk on their property and reducing disease spread.

A major component of this new approach is the introduction of the risk-profiling tool for beef cattle producers called the Johnes Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS). This self-assessment system is a guide to the risk of JD in a beef herd and assigns a score from 0 to 8. The higher the score, the lower the risk. NSW beef herds with no history of JD were initially assigned a JBAS score of 7 on July 1,  2016, but that score will drop to zero (0) on July  1, 2017 unless a ‘Farm Biosecurity Plan’ has been implemented to prevent the introduction of JD.  That plan must include measures to prevent the introduction of JD onto the property.

Workshop Dates:

SCONE: Thursday 22nd June, 2.30pm - 4.30pm @ Scone Golf Club

MERRIWA: Thursday 22nd June 6.30pm - 8.30pm @ Merriwa RSL Club

DUNGOG: Friday 23rd June 9.30am - 12pm @ Dungog RSL

WINGHAM: Monday 26th June 2pm @ Wingham Services Club


Check the Hunter LLS website and Facebook page for workshop updates and information.

Useful links for Biosecurity Plan resources are the Animal Health Australia and Livestock Biosecurity Network websites:


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