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Surveillance Program for Johne’s Disease Continues

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September 11, 2018 at 3:24 pm - Home, Ag Access
By Alice McFarlane

A program in Saskatchewan that monitors a debilitating bacterial disease affecting the intestines of cattle, sheep and goats has been renewed for five years.

The Johne’s Disease Surveillance program covers 100 per cent of the costs for testing herds of up to 250 head.    However, producers signing up for the program a second time will need to cover half of the testing cost.

The long incubation period for Johne’s makes the disease difficult to detect and prevent, and many animals within a herd may be infected before any clinical signs are observed.

The testing program is funded by the federal and provincial governments and administered by the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association.

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