|To view a video about the Alberta Johne's Disease Initiative, click here.|
|To enroll in the AJDI, contact your veterinarian or the program coordinator.|
Funding Still Available for Producers to Complete Their First AJDI Risk Assessment
Completion of an AJDI Risk Assessment and Management Plan (RA/MP) is the best strategy to reduce the risk of bringing Johne's disease onto the farm and spreading the infection among your animals. To inquire about funding to support completion of a first RA/MP with your veterinarian, contact the AJDI program coordinator.
Farms Achieve Status Level Certification in AJDI Herd Status Program
As of April 2014, 27 Alberta dairy herds have been certified for achieving specific status levels in the AJDI Herd Status Program. Fourteen of these herds are listed here. Funding to support testing is potentially available through the Growing Forward 2 Biosecurity Producer Program. Details about the AJDI Status Program are here.
Johne’s Disease - What's the Scoop
By the end of 2013, 61 per cent of Alberta’s milk producers had completed a Johne's disease risk assessment and 74 per cent had submitted environmental manure samples for testing. A summary of the results is presented here.
What You Need to Know about Testing for Johne's Disease
This brief Milking Times article explains how to interpret the results of tests to detect Johne's disease infection and emphasizes the importance of risk management in controlling the disease. To view the article, click here.
Johne's Disease in Canadian Dairy Herds: What it means for farmers
Steven Roche, a PhD candidate at the University of Guelph, has produced an excellent 'white-board' video describing a farmer's view of Johne's disease. Bob, a Canadian dairy farmer, shares his story about dealing with Johne's disease, the effects it had on one cow in particular, Belle, and the steps he took to try and control the disease on his farm. To view the video, click here.
Is MAP-contaminated Dust Another Source of Infection for Johne’s disease?
With funding from the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA), Dr. Karin Orsel and her colleagues from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) and the Netherland’s Utrecht University conducted a research project to determine if the respiratory system is another potential route of transmission for Johne’s disease. To read about their results click here.
AJDI Researcher Presents Results at International Veterinary Conference
Robert Wolf, veterinarian and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine will present preliminary results from the AJDI at the International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics in Maastricht, The Netherlands in late August 2012. To view a poster describing this work, click here.
AJDI participation rate reaches 44%
As of May 23, 2012, 258 of Alberta's 585 dairy herds had completed a Johne's disease risk assessment and formulated a risk-reduction management plan. Manure samples taken from 6 diferent sites in various locations around these farms revealed that 75% of the farms had no samples testing positive for MAP (Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis), the pathogen causing Johne's disease. more...
Taking It to the Next Level...
The Alberta Johne’s Disease Initiative (AJDI) Advisory committee is proud to announce the launch of the optional Herd Status Program, an additional level to the education and awareness initiative introduced in the fall of 2010. The committee worked closely with Dr. Gerald Ollis and other dairy industry representatives across Alberta to develop the Herd Status Program which is now ready to be put to use by Alberta dairy producers. more...
100 Herds and Counting
Alberta Milk would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those milk producers who have completed a risk assessment (RA) with their veterinarian as part of the Alberta Johne’s Disease Initiative (AJDI). As of June 13, 2011, 114 producers were enrolled in the AJDI. These participating producers were supported by 25 eligible veterinarians across the province; our thanks to them for helping implement this initiative. more...
Dairy Industry Launches Johne’s Disease Initiative
The Alberta dairy industry has launched a province-wide initiative to promote awareness and education to minimize the spread of Johne’s disease (JD) in dairy herds. For more information about the initiative, click here.