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. Dairy NZ has produced a useful guide that contains management tools to combat Johne’s Disease and protect against the spread of Johne’s infection in the herd.
Download the Dairy NZ Guide to Johne’s Disease Management

Laboratory testing for Johne’s Disease

Diary NZ has a helpful guide which provides information on laboratory testing for Johne’s disease for both veterinarians and farmers.

“A dairy herd Johne’s management plan must reduce exposure and transmission risks:

  • Develop a whole herd health plan that includes JD testing
  • Screen all cows annually for Johne’s before calving
  • Cull all test-positive cows ASAP and calve only test-negative cows
  • If unable to cull, tag positive cows and calve separately. Cull the calves. Discard colostrum.
  • Avoid carry-over cows or test before carrying over (and before calving).
  • Consult test providers for expert advice to interpret results.”

Download the complete PDF here Johne’s Disease – Laboratory Testing

Johne’s Disease Research Consortium & Advisory Group

Have a number of resources on how to reduce the impact of Johne’s Disease in New Zealand:

Most Recent Posts

From Johne’ news – Another JD Control Success Story!

Always nice to capture the attention of the global Johne’s community. Our most recent publication describing a JD control programme using DRL’s testing strategy has been picked up by the Johne’s Information Centre at the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Veterinary Medicine as newsworthy. It’s nice to be …[Read more]

Control of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis infection on a New Zealand pastoral dairy farm

Keeping the ‘R’ in DRL – the latest peer-reviewed and published study from DRL, carried out in collaboration with Dr Andrew Bates of Vetlife New Zealand and the Centre for Dairy Excellence, describes the control of Johne’s disease on a large NZ pastoral dairy farm using DRL’s testing strategy and the results really …[Read more]

Control of paratuberculosis: who, why and how. A review of 48 countries

A wide ranging study on the current state of play of Johne’s disease control globally has been recently published showing that the world is moving quickly to address Johne’s disease in farmed ruminants and dairy derived foodstuffs. Formal control programs are underway in 22 mostly developed countries, and are justified …[Read more]