Over half of dairies now have Johne’s plan

More than half of English and Welsh dairy farms have now signed a National Johne’s Management Plan (NJMP) declaration form and have a Johne’s control strategy.

Data so far shows 5,678 producers have returned forms signed with accredited vets since the second phase of the NJMP was started in February 2017.

This equates to almost 90% of the farms supplying the 22 processors supporting the NJMP, who, in turn, represent 64% of the Great British milk pool.

Just over 61% of English dairies and 55% of Welsh dairies have returned declarations.

More than half of the forms detail one of six Johne’s control strategies, according to the Action Group on Johne’s, which developed the NJMP.

An ambitious target to engage with 95% of the supply pool by the end of 2019 has been set by the NJMP.

See also: Why dairy farmers should tackle Johne’s now

Update on the NJMP programme

Phase one: Now complete – focused primarily on education and engagement.

Phase two: Officially started in February 2017. It called on all associated farms to return a declaration form to show that, in conjunction with a BCVA accredited Johne’s veterinary adviser, they had:

  • undertaken to assess their risks and herd status; and,
  • put in place the necessary management information, equipment, husbandry and resources to implement the agreed control strategy.

Lyndon Edwards, chair of the Action Group on Johne’s, said: “This is truly a major result for an industry-led initiative. It means we have a degree of active engagement in Johne’s control that puts the country in the front rank globally. It shows that close collaboration between farmers and vets backed up by supply-chain commitments can deliver on endemic disease control.”

“We’ve still got a long way to go in tackling Johne’s but we now have an excellent foundation to build on”.

What strategies are farmers using?

Strategy

Number of producers

Percentage of producers

Control strategy unknown (The control strategy may be unknown owing to a previous version of the NJMP declaration form being used by the producer – the latest programme didn’t request this information to be declared)

2,780

48.96%

Biosecurity: protect and monitor

301

5.3%

Improved farm management

133

2.34%

Improved farm management and strategic

1,459

25.7%

Improved farm management test and cull

795

14%

Breed to terminal sire

201

3.54%

Firebreak vaccination

9

0.16%

Total

5,678