To help dairy producers better understand Johne's disease and preventive measures, two free 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 courses cover the causes of Johne's disease, how the disease spreads, how to prevent the disease from entering your herd, how to test for the disease and management practices 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,” says Elisabeth Patton, DVM, designated Johne's coordinator for Wisconsin and vice chair of the committee on Johne's disease for the U.S. Animal Health Association. "Plus, producers can complete their 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.
"If you have a computer, then you can add to your knowledge base about Johne's disease,” Patton states. "What a great investment of a producer's time.”