USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service last week awarded the Johne's Disease Integrated Program $4.8 million in renewed funding of four years to control and ultimately eliminate the disease.

"Johne's is a serious disease affecting large numbers of beef and dairy cattle and accounts for more than $200 million in economic losses," says Gale Buchanan, USDA undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics.

Johne's is an intestinal infection caused by bacteria most often seen in ruminant animals. It causes weight loss, decreased milk production and reduced fertility. Current estimates indicate that up to 70 percent of U.S. dairy herds, and a smaller percent of beef herds, are infected with the disease.

For more information, go to: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/newsroom/news/2008news/03201_johnes.html

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