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Success In Tackling Johne's Disease

06 May 2010

UK - Farmers are keen to develop solutions to tackle Johne's Disease, was the message to come out at the latest meeting of the industry's Dairy Crest Direct (DCD) Action Group on Johne's.

The DCD Johne's initiative offers free 30 cow milk screening, veterinary and farmer advice and farm risk assessments.

The new measures are all part of the solution to tackling this disease which will help ensure better dairy cow welfare alongside improved farm profitability.

The Action Group on Johne’s is a cross-industry body which aims to co-ordinate and focus the range of activities which are being undertaken within the industry to address the issue of Johne’s disease on farms and to arrive at common veterinary messages and advice.

Michael Masters of DCD said: “We are delighted that our producer-led initiative has been so enthusiastically supported by our members. Our meetings with milk producers and their vets have been particularly well received. “

Peter Orpin of MyHealthyHerd presented the latest veterinary advice on solutions to Johne’s and said: “The Action Group is making good progress in developing a consistent joined up industry approach to tackling the disease, which will ultimately need clear, consistent farmer information and veterinary training and advice.”

Dairy UK Technical Director Ed Komorowski, who chaired the meeting, said: “The Action Group was set up following Dairy UK’s conference on Johne’s, and this week’s meeting confirms that the industry is united in sharing best practice.”

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