To help dairy producers better understand Johne's disease and become acquainted with preventive measures, two online courses have been developed specifically for dairy producers. One course is in English, and the other is in Spanish.
Underwritten by a grant from USDA and developed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, the online courses cover the causes of Johne's disease, how Johne's disease spreads, how to prevent Johne's disease from entering your herd, how to test for Johne's disease and management practices to use to control infections.
The course also explains how the National Bovine Johne's Disease Control Program works and how producers can participate in the national program.
"Each course is free to producers,” states Dr. Elisabeth Patton, Designated Johne's Coordinator for Wisconsin and vice chair of the Committee on Johne's Disease, U.S. Animal Health Association. "Plus, producers can complete their respective module in less than 60 minutes.”
Producers wanting a certificate of course completion are asked to register before taking the course, and will be required to take a quiz after they watch and listen to the presentation.
The dairy producer online module is like sitting in a classroom, only you're sitting at your computer. Two speakers share information, and information is shown on slides.
"If you have a computer, then you can add to your knowledge base about Johne's disease,” Dr. Patton states. "What a great investment of a producer's time.”
In addition to the online courses, producers can obtain information about Johne's disease by visiting www.johnesdisease.org
or by contacting the National Johne's Education Initiative, National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA), phone 270.782.9798.
NIAA is dedicated to programs that work towards the eradication of diseases that pose risk to the health of animals, wildlife and humans; promote a safe and wholesome food supply for our nation and abroad; and promote best practices in environmental stewardship, animal health and well-being. NIAA members include producers, veterinarians, animal scientists, researchers, state and federal officials, and agribusiness executives. More information is available at www.animalagriculture.org.