this model. However, relatively few herd owners have elected to pursue herd certification citing the amount of testing required and the associated costs as the main deterrent. Consequently, in 1997 the USAHA National Johne’s Working Group (NJWG) appointed a committee to try to design a more affordable and yet scientifically sound herd certification program.
Multiple meetings were held to design this program and input was solicited from experts and all stake holders. The program was submitted for discussion at NJWG meetings held in conjunction with the Livestock Conservation Institute’s meeting March 1998 and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association meeting in July 1998. In August 1998, the program was sent to all state veterinarians, area-veterinarians-in-charge, veterinary associations, cattle breed associations, and interested industry groups for comment. The program was adopted by USAHA in October 1998.
The program presented in this document is intended as a model. The guidelines are considered minimal requirements for operation of a scientifically sound program to identify herds of low risk of M. paratuberculosis infection (Johne’s disease). This model program was developed to assist State Veterinarians and Johne’s disease advisory committees, or their equivalent, in each state as they consider implementation of Johne’s disease herd certification programs. It is hoped that the model program will promote greater similarity and equity among different state programs.
NJWG Herd Certification Subcommittee members:
Leslie Bulaga, Co-chair, USDA/APHIS/Veterinary Services
Michael Collins, Co-chair, University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine
Ian Gardner, University of California, School of Veterinary Medicine
William Hartmann, Minnesota Board of Animal Health
Karen Jordan, National Milk Producers Federation
Richard Keene, National Holstein Association
Lee McPhail, Ohio Department of Agriculture
Ken Olson, American Farm Bureau Federation
Boyd Parr, American Farm Bureau Federation
William Rotenberger, Steele Veterinary Clinic and Chair USAHA Johne’s Committee
Joseph VanTiem, USDA/APHIS/Veterinary Services
Gary Weber, National Cattlemen’s and Beef Association
Scott Wells, USDA/APHIS/Veterinary Services
Robert Whitlock, University of Pennsylvania, College of Veterinary Medicine