The Action Group on Johne’s has published preliminary data on the uptake of its initiative to control Johne’s among herds in Great Britain.
It has reported that, to date, milk processors in the Action Johne’s initiative have received signed declarations from more than 90 per cent of their supplying dairy farmers.
Declarations are signed in conjunction with a British Cattle Veterinary Association accredited Johne’s veterinary adviser, confirming the producer will be implementing one of the six control strategies outlined by the National Johne’s Management Plan (NJMP).
The Action Johne’s initiative represents the implementation of the NJMP, an open forum for industry stakeholders interested in tackling Johne’s disease, jointly funded by AHDB Dairy and milk purchaser members.
The NJMP was developed to help manage and reduce incidence of Johne’s disease in dairy cattle in Great Britain, as a coordinated initiative for the benefit of the industry.
This latest data from the Action Group on Johne’s comes from Phase 2 of the plan which began in February 2017, before which Phase 1 primarily had focussed on education and engagement.
Phase 2 required all associated farmers supplying member milk purchasers to return a declaration by October, 31 2018.
In conjunction with an advisor, this confirmed that steps will be taken to assess herd status and risk and that necessary management information, equipment, husbandry and resources to implement the agreed control strategy are put in place.
Chair of the Action Group on Johne’s, Lyndon Edwards, says: “This is truly a major result for an industry led initiative.
“It means we have a degree of active engagement in Johne’s control that puts the country in
the front rank globally.
“It shows that close collaboration between farmers and vets backed up by supply chain commitments can deliver on endemic disease control”.
“We have still got a long way to go in tackling Johne’s, but we now have an excellent foundation to build on”.
The success of the Action Johne’s initiative will be assessed at the Action Johne’s conference on the January, 30 2019 at the Sixways Stadium, Worcester.
A copy of the 2019 declaration will be made available shortly.
Following the 2019 deadline, compliance rates for each milk purchaser member will be released by the Action Group on Johne’s.