Action Johne’s – what is it?

Action Johne’s – what is it?

In April 2015, Dairy UK and AHDB Dairy awarded a contract to a consortium of XLVets, RAFT Solutions Ltd, SRUC and SAC Vet Services to deliver awareness and involvement in the National Johne’s Management Plan (NJMP) and ensure consistency and clarity to the control of Johne’s disease on farm. Johne’s disease control is something retailers and milk purchasers are really keen to support, through appropriate risk management strategies, and many of you may already have been contacted by your milk purchaser to find out if you know your Johne’s disease status and what you are doing to maintain or improve it.

The NJMP was developed and agreed by a technical steering group of leading experts to provide a series of six strategies for Johne’s disease control on farm. Action Johne’s realises that every farm is different and is about working with your herd vet to choose strategies that meet the needs and aspirations of your farm. These strategies to control Johne’s disease in the dairy herd are:

  • Biosecurity, protect and monitor
  • Improved farm management
  • Improved farm management, risk assessment and strategic testing
  • Improved farm management, test and cull
  • Breed to terminal sire
  • Firebreak vaccination

Here’s a taste of what’s happening…

  • CIS will start an email newsletter in 2016, with Johne’s disease as one of their lead articles to share key messages. They have launched CHeCS monitoring service for Johne’s, which is proving popular with farmers.
  • First Milk: Their core groups supplying Nestle are working on a fast track programme to implement the National Johnes Management plan. 80% of farmers have so far returned their declaration forms which have been signed off by their farm vets confirming they understand their Johne’s status and have a control strategy in place.
  • Muller Wiseman sent an initial questionnaire and letter out in Feb 2015. 85% of their 1150 farmers have confirmed their status and are testing in one form or other. The questionnaire has been followed up with meetings, attended by Karen Bond. Muller are approaching the 15% of farmers who have not declared their status to query why and offer support.
  • NML will be following on from the success of the 2014/15 30 Cow Challenge by encouraging farmers to move towards risk based testing and management. This will be done by the provision of a risk assessment tool and further farmer meetings.
  • My Healthy Herd: A NJMP module has been developed for robust management and tracking of JD management; abstracts have also been submitted to World Buiatrics.
  • Dairy Crest Direct is encouraging all of its members to complete a whole herd Johne’s screening, and to agree with their vet a Johnes protocol, and to return a vet signed declaration by 29th Feb 16
  • DCD Davidstow members – 100% of the membership have completed a vet signed JD protocol declaration, and are now embarking on Year Two of the same process with encouragement for all to complete a whole herd screening, to be completed by 29th Feb 16.
  • OMSCo – 100% of farmers are signed up to be a part of the NJMP and know the status of their herd .

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Severn Edge Farm fully endorses the intiative and can provide back up and advice for anyone interested. Please contact us on 01746 713911.


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