Livestock Industry Updates




New National Cattle Health Declaration Available

An updated version of the Cattle Health Declaration is now available for use.

Key updates include:
• The owner and cattle details have been removed, as this information is captured on the NVD – it’s rare that a CHD would be used independently of an NVD, so these documents should complement one another.
• ‘Type’ of on-farm biosecurity plan is no longer specified.
• EBL questions have been removed as they do not apply in most instances.
• The JD testing questions are now easier to understand.
• Co-grazing with sheep has been removed as a question.
• A new explanatory note advises that co-grazing with any JD-susceptible species may be important to some buyers. 





ALPA Notice: Changes to LPA
6th July 2017
Changes have been made to strengthen the Livestock Production Assurance program and further safeguard Australia’s enviable status as a world leader in red meat safety, integrity and traceability.

From 1 October 2017:

1. There will be two new elements 1) on-farm biosecurity and 2) animal welfare practices which will be additional requirements of LPA accreditation.

2. LPA-accredited producers will need to renew LPA accreditation every three years. As part of this, producers will need to complete an assessment and pay a $60 (plus GST) fee every three years.

3. Online learning modules will be available to help producers understand their obligations and complete the assessment for accreditation.

4. Off-line learning modules and assessments will be available at $20 (plus GST) to help producers understand their obligations and complete the assessment for accreditation.

5. FREE electronic LPA National Vendor Declarations (LPA eNVD) will be available.

What do you need to do?

As an LPA-accredited producer you will need to:
• familiarise yourself with the new biosecurity and animal welfare requirements
• when your accreditation is due, complete the assessment and pay the fee
You are encouraged to complete the learning modules to understand your obligations and prepare for the assessment.

New biosecurity requirements:

You’ll need to have a Farm Biosecurity Plan and implement best-practice biosecurity practices on your farm and complete the LPA Learning module to ensure you’re meeting requirements. Cattle producers who have developed a Farm Biosecurity Plan as part of their approach to Johne’s disease (J-BAS) management will not need to complete another to meet LPA requirements.

For a Biosecurity Plan template go to

New animal welfare requirements:

You’ll need to demonstrate that your on-farm handling of livestock is consistent with the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines available at Those responsible for livestock management will need to have a copy of the Standards and Guidelines, be familiar with its content, complete the LPA learning module, and advise and oversee others handling livestock.
Electronic NVDs (eNVDs)

The LPA eNVD will be available through the LPA Service Centre and licensed software providers. It is available to be printed but not everyone can receive it electronically yet. Check the list of software providers at
It is not compulsory for producers to change to the eNVD. You can continue using paper LPA NVDs (which will remain at $40 incl GST per book) or you can print the eNVD free of charge.
More information:
Website: Helpline: 1800 683 111 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



See letter from Dr Jane Weatherley, CEO, Integrity Systems Company. CLICK HERE.




To All Producers


Please Hit Ctrl and click on the below link to read about the 3 month extension on JBAS implementation in Queensland


Paul Pratt

Pratt Agencies






To All Cattle Producers

The Queensland Government has deregulated the State-wide monitoring programme for Johne’s Disease. It has been replaced by a self-assessment scheme called Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (JBAS).

As part of this new programme, every farm must have an active Biosecurity Plan to be implemented by 30th June, 2017. JBAS is an industry managed program. It is market driven and is voluntary, but if you do not participate, it may eventually reduce competition on your livestock.

The background of what has occurred is that Western Australia has set the benchmark at JBAS 7 to enter the state with cattle, the Northern Territory has their JBAS score at 6 to enter the state, Queensland has no such entry requirements.

If a buyer buys store cattle with the intention of sending them on to the Northern Territory, he must be a JBAS 6 and only buy cattle from people with a JBAS 6 or JBAS 7 herd. If you have a lower JBAS number, he cannot purchase your livestock.


We are all JBAS 7 until 30th June, 2017.

To remain JBAS 7, you need to have an On Farm Biosecurity Plan (see link below) and have it approved by a Vet. You have twelve months from July 1st to do a check test of your herd. This involves testing 50 head of livestock as selected by your vet once every three years.


You will need to complete an on Farm Biosecurity Plan and keep on file as your record. You do not require a vet to view it and you do not require any testing of your herd.


If you have agistment cattle on your property, you need to ensure that their JBAS score is equal to yours or better. If you are agisting cattle on someone’s property, the same applies.

For more information on JD in cattle and the JBAS is available from:

Animal Health Australia –

Farm Biosecurity Project –

Biosecurity Plan  See above link.


Print out and complete the Biosecurity Plan and store it on Farm, that way you are JBAS 6. If you are not a stud, that is all you need to do.

Paul Pratt

Pratt Agencies Pty Ltd