Dairy cow and calf© Rex

Dairy farmers who have proactively been tackling Johne’s disease in their herd could be eligible to enter a new award and win £500 worth of vouchers.

The annual award, from National Milk Records (NMR), is open to all customers on the HerdWise Johne’s screening programme.

The accolade is not focused on highlighting herds with low levels of Johne’s, but instead identifying farmers who have adopted a comprehensive control strategy.

Commenting on the award, NMR’s development manager, Nicola Hares, said: “We want to raise awareness of Johne’s and demonstrate the importance of using Johne’s management strategies on farm to help combat the disease.”

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Four finalists will be selected and notified by 1 June and their units visited by a panel of three industry judges, who will assess their management of the disease.

The winner and runner-up will be announced at the Livestock Event on 8 July at the NEC in Birmingham.

The winner will be presented with a trophy and receive £500 worth of HerdWise vouchers plus a luxury hamper. The runner-up will receive £250 worth of HerdWise vouchers.

To enter, contact Nicola Hare on nicolah@nmr.co.uk. Entries close on 15 May 2015.