A new national framework for the management of bovine Johne's disease (BJD) will be fully implemented on 30 June 2017 following a 12-month transition period.
South Australian cattle producers are urged to review their responsibilities under the new framework and ensure they have plans in place to manage disease.
This means that properties infected with BJD are no longer subject to quarantine and cattle from these properties may be traded directly from properties including online or in markets.
It is the producer's responsibility to determine what cattle are suitable to be introduced to their property.
Quotes attributable to Roger Paskin, Chief Veterinary Officer, Biosecurity SA, PIRSA
Transitioning to the new BJD framework comes with a significant shift in the traditional approach to managing the disease.
Each cattle producer is responsible for determining what cattle are suitable to be introduced to their property. It is just as important to not offload clinically sick animals, whether it is BJD or some other disease such as pestivirus, by selling them through saleyards.
It's about knowing what animals you are buying and selling and being absolutely vigilant about their health status.
Every South Australian property with livestock should have a biosecurity plan in place to help ensure the risk of disease is managed appropriately.
A new framework for the management of bovine Johne's disease in cattle commenced nationally from 1 July 2016.
Johne's disease is a notifiable disease under the Livestock Act 1997 and any cases or suspicion of cases must be reported to Biosecurity SA via the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888 or 8207 7900 during business hours.