It’s official – subclinical Johne’s disease in the herd is costing farmers money

Keeping the ‘R’ in DRL – DRL’s latest published study confirms that subclinical Johne’s disease in the herd is costing farmers money. Conducted in collaboration with Dr Andrew Bates at the Vetlife New Zealand Centre for Dairy Excellence our latest study charts the economic impact of sub-clinical infection with Mycobacterium paratuberculosis (MAP) on milk …[Read more]

DRL Taking Disease Expertise to the Dairy Industry

From Deer Research Laboratory to Disease Research Limited: the DRL of 2018 owes a lot to the DRL of 1985… Read more about the evolution of DRL from University of Otago research laboratory to successful agri-enterprise. In the latest issue of the University of Otago Magazine “Our research has always …[Read more]

The hidden and often almost invisible disease scourge of Johnes Disease in breeding cows (dairy and beef)

The hidden and often almost invisible disease scourge of Johnes Disease in breeding cows (dairy and beef)

“Are you the owner of cattle – and have you ever had a serious look at your valuable engine room of breeding cows for Johne’s Disease (JD)? It may be a lot better or worse than you think, but one thing we cannot afford to do is to turn a blind eye.” Adrian Campbell, the Vetlife Practice Manager, has written a comprehensive article about the hidden cost of Johne’s Disease in breeding cows (dairy and beef).

Finding and Managing Johne’s Disease

Finding and Managing Johne’s Disease

Read this informative article by Gerard Hall that was published in the Farmers’ Weekly that details how DRL’s testing services have helped one South Canterbury dairy farmer get on top of his Johne’s problem.

Useful Resources for Dairy Farmers

Useful Resources for Dairy Farmers

Johne’s Disease Johne’s Disease (also known as paratuberculosis or JD) is caused by a bacterial infection of the gut in cattle and other ruminants with Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis (Johne’s bacteria or MAP). No cure is available and the condition is eventually fatal. However, there are ways to manage this disease. …[Read more]

Useful Resources for Deer Farmers: Johne’s Disease

Useful Resources for Deer Farmers: Johne’s Disease

Johne’s disease is a common cause of death and reduced growth rates among deer. It is also known as paratuberculosis and there are two main strains in New Zealand. Deer are mostly affected by the cattle strain. We have compiled some useful resources for deer farmers. Johne’s Management Limited (JML) …[Read more]

Useful Beef & Sheep Industry Information on Johne’s

Useful Beef & Sheep Industry Information on Johne’s

Beef & Lamb NZ have prepared some Johne’s Disease guidelines, available online here.

Controlling Johne’s in Goat Herds

Goat DRL Johne's Control NZ

Have any goats on your farm died after losing weight steadily? Did they develop severe diarrhoea? Did their condition worsen over a period of weeks or months? Did treatments such as anthelmintics, antibiotics, tonics and improved feeding prove to be useless? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, you may …[Read more]