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Our Johne's Protocol

We are thrilled to announce that as of 
October 2012 all test results 
were negative for Johne’s.

*all animals on the farm old enough to be tested are included in our testing

Johne's Disease

Johne’s disease is an infectious, wasting condition in beef and dairy cattle. The disease progressively damages the intestines of infected animals and results in persistent diarrhoea, severe weight loss, reduced milk yield and infertility. There is no cure for JD. Animals will eventually die. 

It is predominately a sub-clinical disease which makes detection more difficult. ONLY ABOUT 5% OF INFECTED ANIMALS EVER SHOW CLINICAL SIGNS OF JD. When a case of Johne’s is discovered in a herd, it is likely many other animals will be developing the disease. This is what they are calling the ice burgh effect. As early signs are reduced milk output and infertility, animals are often culled from the herd due to this without Johne’s being recognized as the culprit.



Protocol

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
  • education
  • testing 
  • culling
  • bio-security
  • breeding
  • aquisitions
  • herd size
  • raising awareness

Testing Protocol

  • 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.

Bio-security 

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

CALL TO ACTION

Eliminating Johne's from your heard is worth the effort! It may seem like a daunting or needless undertaking. But I am here to tell you, that this is not the time for heads in the sand, because what is for certain, is that Johne’s won’t go away on its own. We cant continue to ignore the problem. 

We encourage all cattle producers to educate themselves and adopt a protocol to assist in the eradication of the disease, both on farm and breed wide. 

What's in it for you?.....

  • you will instill confidence within the cattle industry and from the consumer regarding your herd
  • you will profit from increased fertility
  • you will profit from increased milk production 
  • you will profit from higher weaning weights 
  • you will boost your reputation with in the breed 
  • you will force other cattle producers to follow your example
  • you will have increased confidence in the health of stock you acquire, and protect your current herds health,  because you have committed to only buying from breeders with an adequate JD protocol, and only buy JD free animals (this is the step that will force an industry wide attitude shift)
As a breeder you choose to either be part of the solution or part of the problem.

Please contact us if you would like to chat about our story or initiative.

Rick & Karen Salzsauler
Fantasy Lane Farms
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