More cash for Johne's Disease programme
An additional €260,000 has been committed by the Department of Agriculture to the AHI co-ordinated and managed Johne's Disease pilot control programme.
Making the announcement, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said the additional funding would go towards "meeting the cost of a further on-farm risk assessment of up to 1,700 farmers already participating in the programme."
It is envisaged that it will also provide for an on-farm risk assessment in respect of up to 300 new entrants to the programme.
The assessment is carried out by the veterinary practitioner in partnership with the herd owner and examines five elements of farm management: animal movement history, calf management, heifer management, cow management and management of the calving cow.
Having identified the on-farm risks, the veterinary practitioner and farmer agree a number of practicable management changes with a view to mitigation of those risks identified.
"The ultimate aim of this pilot programme is to establish a voluntary national programme for Johne's Disease which enables participating herd owners to demonstrate the absence of this disease from the majority of herds," the minister said.