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Welcome to the Atlantic Johne's Disease Initiative

The Atlantic Johne's Disease Initiative (AJDI) is a voluntary program for the Dairy Farmers of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, in partnership with Maritime Quality Milk at the Atlantic Veterinary College. The program provides education and assistance to Atlantic dairy farmers to assess and address Johne's on their farms and is supported by the four Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Councils in Atlantic Canada. The program includes three main activities; herd testing, risk assessment and selective cow testing. These procedures are designed to strategically and cost-efficiently reduce the impact of Johne's disease on the regional dairy industry.

Johne's disease is among the top animal health priorities of the Canadian dairy industry and can lead to substantial financial losses for farmers. The Dairy Farmers of Canada, in collaboration with industry partners, has developed the Canadian Johne´s Disease Initiative. AJDI is consistent with the tenets of the national program and focuses on education, strategic surveillance and risk management. As a farm biosecurity-based program, AJDI discourages the movement of animals between farms. Purchased animals should be presumed to be infected. AJDI promotes herd of origin testing as a way to reduce risk.

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Johne's Initiative reaches Goal
The Atlantic Johnes Disease Initiative has reached, and exceeded, its first... Read More