UDAF Offers Producer Incentives for Participation in Utah�s Johne�s Disease Program

Dr. Doug Hammon, D.V.M., PhD.
USU Extension Veterinarian

Producer and Veterinarian Incentives

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF), in cooperation with the USDA/APHIS, has agreed to continue to administer the voluntary Utah Johne�s Disease program. The UDAF is offering to reimburse producers for the cost of laboratory testing for Johne�s Disease. It will also reimburse veterinarians for performing herd Risk Assessments and for collection of test samples. As an added incentive for producers who have previously participated in the program, the UDAF is offering producers $250.00 for completion and submission of the Revised Johne�s Disease Risk Assessment and Management Plan.

Testing Options

Producers and veterinarians now have Johne�s disease testing options for herd screening. Herd screening can now be accomplished in one of two ways: (1) by collecting blood samples from 30 animals per herd and performing the ELISA test, or (2) by collecting environmental fecal samples from specific areas on the farm and performing the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on the manure samples. Producers must work with their veterinarian to collect and submit the samples, and to determine which testing method is appropriate.

Goals of the Johne�s Disease Control Program

The goals of the Johne�s Disease Control Program are (1) to reduce the percentage of dairy herds infected with Johne�s disease, (2) to increase the number of seed stock producers in the test negative program, and (3) to decrease the prevalence of Johne�s disease in individual herds.

Veterinarians Trained to Perform Johne�s Disease Risk Assessment

The UDAF has trained approximately 40 veterinarians during the last year to develop Risk Assessments and Management plans to help control Johne�s Disease. Additional veterinarians are currently being trained to perform these tasks. Ask your veterinarian to help you get started with a Johne�s Disease program, or if you have previously participated, to continue in the program by completing and submitting a Revised Johne�s Disease Risk Assessment and Management Plan. Take advantage of the funding available through the UDAF to support this important program.

For more information contact Doug Hammon at hammon@cc.usu.edu or (435) 797-1881. ©