Our goal is to completely eliminate JD from our herd. We are well on our way. Here is what we have done;
Our JD protocol includes a commitment to many areas.
- took part in the Ontario Johne's initiative
- herd size
- raising awareness
- We test the herd 3xs per year
- We immeadiately cull any positives as well as any of their offspring too young to test
- We rely on test results and not a visual as confirmation of a diagnosis as only about 5% of infected animals ever show clinical signs of the disease.
One of the key ways the JD bacteria is spread is through fecal matter. Reducing the likleyhood of contamination and reducing possible exposure this way was a key component to our plan per the vets recommendations .
To help accomplish this we:
- reduced our herd size thus increased grazing area
- implemented rotational grazing
- grading to eliminate sources of standing water in the pastures
- ensure that there is access to clean water
- cease the spread of manure on our pasture or hay grounds
Breeding & Acquisition Program
- produce our own JD free recips
- use A.I. & embryo transfer to continue genetics
*ONLY AQUIRE NEW BREEDING STOCK FROM PRODUCERS WHO HAVE AN ADEQUATE JD PROTOCOL
*ONLY BUY ANIMALS OLD ENOUGH TO BE TESTED
*INSIST ON A JD TEST OF ANY ANIMAL UNDER OUR CONSIDERATION FOR PURCHASE, SALE ONLY FINALIZED AND ANIMAL ONLY BROUGHT TO THE FARM AFTER A NEGATIVE TEST RESULT HAS BEEN PRODUCED