Roll-out of new Johne's programme announced
Animal Health Ireland today announced that the Johne’s Disease Implementation Group (JDIG) has agreed the commencement of a new programme for the control of Johne’s Disease in Ireland.
Building on the experience of the pilot control programme for dairy herds (2014-2016), the design of this new broadly-based control programme has been agreed by the Implementation Group, taking account of the recommendations of the Johne’s Disease Technical Working Group.
The programme will be introduced in two phases, the first phase commencing early in September 2017, and the second phase expected to start early in 2018.
From September 2017, herdowners across the country will be encouraged to register with the programme.
In the first phase, registration will be confined to those herdowners who previously enrolled or participated in the dairy pilot programme (2014-2016).
Animal Health Ireland will be in contact with these farmers in the coming weeks to invite them to register and, subject to registration, to offer them access to financial assistance for a number of programme measures, including:
- ancillary testing to clarify the status of animals that have given prior test-positive results on blood or milk samples (the financial support for this measure being provided by DAFM).
- on-farm risk assessment (VRAMP), delivered by a veterinary practitioner, trained and approved by AHI (the financial support for this measure being provided by the milk processor).
A series of regional workshops, convened by milk processors, will take place in the final quarter of the year, aimed at promoting an awareness of Johne’s disease prevention and control and the benefits of registering with the Irish Johne’s Control Programme.
Details of Phase 2 of the programme, to start in early 2018, will be provided following the completion of an international consultant’s report on the relative effectiveness of a number of proposed, new programme measures.