This publication contains fourteen papers written by representatives of national and regional Johne’s disease control programmes on the lessons learnt throughout their implementation. The majority were presented at the 3rd ParaTB Forum in Sydney, Australia, on 4 February 2012.
Each report provides details of the control programme in question – the resources available, the strategies implemented, and a measure of its success. A common note throughout is that while Johne’s disease can have a significant impact on the health and financial prospects of dairy and beef herds, there is often a lack of understanding and/or awareness among farmers and veterinarians about the disease. Educating stakeholders about the issue is therefore a key factor.
The authors aim to collect a record of what has made certain programmes successful, and indeed what were the barriers to success, in order to ensure Johne’s disease control programmes are more effective in the future.
Keywords: Johne’s disease, Paratuberculosis, MAP, test and cull, control