A Hallmark of Quality

USDA - United States Department of Argiculture

Our faecal PCR test hallmark of quality. Every year, the DRL laboratory participates in blinded proficiency panel testing for Johne’s disease, administered through the US National Veterinary Services Laboratory, Ames, Iowa as part of an ongoing international accreditation programme for diagnostic laboratories. These proficiency panels include serum, milk and faecal …[Read more]

Goats and Paratuberculosis – time to put Johne’s on the MAP

DRL Johne's Disease Goats New Zealand

Let’s face the facts about Johne’s disease in goats in New Zealand – Johne’s disease is a significant concern and a major production-limiting disease of farmed goats worldwide. Have any goats on your farm died after losing weight steadily? Did their condition worsen over a period of weeks or months …[Read more]

DRL maintains its USDA accreditation for Johne’s disease testing

USDA Certificate

The results of the 2018 USDA laboratory proficiency tests are in and DRL have once again received full marks. We remain one of only two laboratories in the southern hemisphere, and the only laboratory in NZ, to achieve this level of accreditation from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) …[Read more]

Johne’s disease information for dairy goat farmers – time to put Johne’s on the MAP

DRL news article - Time to put Johne's on the map

Johne’s disease (JD) is a major production-limiting disease of farmed ruminants worldwide and, after CAE, it is the biggest animal health concern for goat farmers. Read about it here – Dairy News (Nov 2018).


Animal Health Ireland - Guidelines for preventing the introduction of Johne's disease into a herd

Guidelines for preventing the introduction of Johne’s disease into a herd produced by Animal Health Ireland. Good biosecurity is key to avoiding the introduction of many diseases and prevention just so much cheaper than management. It is often said that Johne’s is bought and paid for – don’t bring home …[Read more]

Prof. Mike Collins (University of Wisconsin) 2016 World Buiatrics Congress (Dublin)

World Buiatrics Congress Dublin 2016

Prof. Mike Collins’ (University of Wisconsin) keynote presentation on Johne’s disease at the 2016 World Buiatrics Congress in Dublin; well worth a look (along with the Q&A) for anyone interested in the current state of play (notably, DRL are certified to the USDA diagnostic laboratory accreditation programme mentioned in Dr …[Read more]

Johne’s Control Strategies (Dairy Cattle) – Teagasc Ireland

Johne's Disease - a control strategy

A colourful and informative guide to Johne’s control produced by Teagasc Ireland for farmers and vets with clickable links for additional info. Johne’s Disease Control Strategies prepared by Teagasc Ireland.

Johne’s Disease FAQs (Dairy Cattle) from AHI

Animal Health Ireland - Johne's disease

Here is a link to a particularly useful and comprehensive resource for Johne’s disease information produced by Animal Health Ireland. Well worth a look if you’re looking for Johne’s info. Johne’s disease FAQs from Animal Health Ireland