AHI Newsletter Q2 2018 FINAL

Programme Update Johne’s Disease

The JD TWG is also continuing to develop a Veterinary Risk Assessment and Management Plan (VRAMP) protocol for beef herds. As part of this process AHI has had an initial meeting with the Pedigree Cattle Breeders' Council of Ireland to determine their interest in, and requirements for, a voluntary control programme for pedigree herds. Ancillary testing and whole herd testing have continued during this quarter with 135 samples submitted for ancillary testing from 39 herds in the period 1 April to 30 June, of which 11 samples from 9 herds were confirmed infected by PCR. The number of samples submitted per herd varied from 1 to >10 with the most frequent number of samples submitted per herd being one. (Fig 3)

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Figure 3. Frequency of samples submitted for ancillary testing April- June 2018

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7 8 9 >10

Number of Samples per herd

Programme support activities this quarter have been focussed on the development of a Checklist to assist herdowners carry out all the activities necessary to meet the requirements of Phase One of the IJCP. A second document, 'Guidelines for Preventing the Introduction of Johne’s Disease into a Herd' is also available through the Johne’s disease information page click here . The main risks to herd biosecurity are identified and this document should be of particular interest to herdowners who wish to actively prevent Johne’s disease entering their herds. The JD Bulletin continues to be published monthly and provides information on current issues, which have been raised by herdowners and stakeholders. Recent topics have includedMAP in the environment as well as a summary of actions to assist farmers carry out a VRAMP. All recent and past JD Bulletins may be accessed on the Animal Health Ireland website click here .



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