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What Happens When Johne’s Disease Appears in Your Herd? Part 2

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Johne’s disease is a wasting disease with no cure. It is found in more than 50% of dairy herds in
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

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  1. Kathy Voth says:

    Julie Smith, DVM, wanted to add a comment but had technical difficulties. So I’m adding it on her behalf:

    I appreciate your sharing the story of your experience with Johne’s disease. Veterinarians sometimes overlook the risk it poses to small ruminants in addition to cattle. Across bovine dairy herds, the prevalence has only gotten worse. A 2010 paper estimated herd-level prevalence in Utah and surrounding areas as at least ~40% (based on bulk milk sampling). The 2007 NAHMS Dairy study found the causative organism for Johne’s in environmental samples collected on 68% (over 2/3!) of dairy farms. This also represents an underestimate due to imperfect sensitivity of the sampling method.

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