New edition of Johne’s disease handbooks available

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The recently updated handbooks, “Handbook for Veterinarians and Dairy Producers” and “How to do Risk Assessments and Develop Management Plans for Johne’s Disease” are now available for dairy farmers and their veterinarians who are serious about addressing Johne’s disease and stopping the financial drain of this devastating disease. 

“The team in charge of developing the 2011 edition of the handbooks brainstormed long and hard to develop easy-to-comprehend and easy-to-complete information and forms, and I think the handbooks are homeruns,” says Elisabeth Patton, chairman of U.S. Animal Health Association’s Johne’s Disease Committee. 

Patton explains that the handbooks are for use by veterinarians with dairy and beef clients to improve biosecurity and reduce pathogens, particularly Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis or MAP, the bacteria known to cause Johne’s disease. 

This fourth edition of the handbooks reflect the USDA’s updated program standards for the Voluntary Bovine Johne’s Disease Control Program and are significantly more user-friendly. 

“Together the handbooks are a veterinarian’s manual to help dairy producers reduce or prevent Johne’s disease in their herds,” Patton adds. “That said, many of the management practices developed to address Johne’s disease should help reduce the presence of other pathogens as well." 

For more information, go to: Or contact your state’s Johne’s disease coordinator for information specific to your state.

 Source: National Institute for Animal Agriculture

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