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)

JML is an industry funded programme established in 2007 to assist the New Zealand Deer Industry optimise deer herd health and productivity, particularly to promote the control of Johne’s disease in farmed deer.

Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ) is responsible for promoting and assisting the development of the New Zealand deer industry.

A DINZ Johne’s disease Fact Sheet

Most Recent Posts

DRL Offers Heifer Johne’s Testing

MAY 2023 HEIFER TESTING PROMOTION!   Use Paralisa™ testing to detect subclinical Johne’s infections earlier*. After 3 years of research, including over 8,000 animals, we are now offering our combined Paralisa™ + absorbed ELISA testing for heifers 18 months and older. Ask your animal health provider about incorporating DRL’s Paralisa™ …[Read more]

Johne’s Disease Diagnosis in New Zealand: An Update

DRL is an industry leader in diagnostic services for Johne’s disease in New Zealand, and the inhouse Johne’s diagnostic tool, the Paralisa™ test, has proven its strength in combination with commercially available ELISA tests.  Increasing test sensitivity allows farmers to identify animals in the earlier states of disesase (subclinical), and …[Read more]

A Hallmark of Quality

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]