A new booklet, written in easy-to-understand language and distributed free, outlines the basics of the USDA's recently updated Program Standards for the Voluntary Bovine Johne's Disease Control Program.
The booklet is available to dairy and beef producers, veterinarians and others involved in the dairy and beef industries.
"The abridged version of the Voluntary Bovine Johne's Disease Control Program highlights three areas: education to inform producers about the cost of Johne's disease and to provide information about management strategies to prevent, control and eliminate the disease; management to help producers establish good management strategies on their farms; and herd testing and classification to demonstrate the level of risk of Johne's disease on the farm," says Elisabeth Patton, chairman of U.S. Animal Health Association's Johne's Disease Committee.
A personal copy of the abridged booklet can be obtained from your State Designated Johne's Coordinator, online at www.johnesdisease.org or from the National Institute for Animal Agriculture by calling 719-538-8843.