Herd testing to control bovine Johne's disease

Vet Microbiol. 2000 Dec 20;77(3-4):423-8. doi: 10.1016/s0378-1135(00)00327-8.


In 1996, the cattle industries and government in the Australian state of Victoria established a Johne's disease (JD) test and control program under which participating farmers are provided with an annual ELISA test of their adult herd and advice on disease control that is tailored to their farm. The program is delivered through private veterinarians under contract with the government. There are over 600 herds enrolled in the program and about one third of these have had three or more whole herd tests. This paper provides a review of the program to date. It describes changes in ELISA reactor rates and numbers of clinical cases, and provides evidence for progress in the program.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Australia / epidemiology
  • Cattle
  • Cattle Diseases / epidemiology
  • Cattle Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Dairying / economics
  • Dairying / methods*
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay / veterinary
  • Female
  • Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis* / immunology
  • National Health Programs
  • Paratuberculosis / epidemiology
  • Paratuberculosis / prevention & control*
  • Prevalence