On farm strategies to reduce the impact of Johne’s disease in British dairy herds

Aims & Objectives
To identify current best practice measures for the control of Johne's disease, with a focus on preventive measures around calving, and determine the extent to which their implementation affects calf and heifer disease status, the prevalence of Johne's disease, and is cost effective for British dairy herds.

Expected Outcomes

  • Management strategies for control of Johne's disease and their effectiveness on different types of commercial dairy farms.
  • Identification of the challenges in implementing management practices.
  • Estimation of the relationship between dam characteristics and periparturient exposures on calf health.
  • Estimation of loses that could be avoided by improved calf management practices.
  • Guidelines for interpretation of milk antibody testing for Johne's disease.

Start Date         
October 2011    

Completion Date
October 2016

Lead Contractor
University of Nottingham - Research Partnership study 

Other Delivery Partners
University of Reading
Harper Adams University
Royal Veterinary College
Aberystwyth University

AHDB Dairy

Scientific literature
Radia, D., Bond, K., Limon, G., vanWinden, S., Guitian, J. 2013. Relationship between periparturient management, prevalence of MAP and preventable economic losses in UK dairy herds. Veterinary Record. Doi:10.1136/vr.101408

For further information please contact: Jenny.Gibbons@ahdb.org.uk or call 024 7647 8689