This publication contains seventeen papers written by representatives of national and regional Johne’s disease control programmes on the lessons learnt through their implementation. The papers were presented and discussed at the 4th Paratuberculosis Forum in Parma, Italy, on the 21 June 2014 at the offices of the European Food Safety Authority and attended by participants from 16 countries.
Presentations cover a variety of approaches to manage Johne’s disease, from compulsory regulations targeting clinical disease to voluntary industry programmes aimed at reducing economic impact and supporting the production of high quality milk. A common theme was the integration of various testing strategies with important hygiene measures to prevent new infections.
The papers highlight the successes and challenges and the importance of communications and incentives to maintain farmer engagement and cooperation, in order to ensure Johne’s disease control programmes are more effective in the future.
Keywords: Johne’s disease, paratuberculosis, MAP, disease control, testing strategies, hygiene measures