Prevent Johne's disease, use the power of nature

Well done video about Johne's disease. We want to prevent calves getting any kind of infections!

We have the following recommendations, much like in the video:
- Separate the calf from the birthing area directly, to prevent infection. Bring them to a cuddle box, where the mother can still lick her.
- Separate the mother too, by using a pamper pen
- Milk the cow directly after birth
- Feed the calf colostrum from the mother (if she's healthy of course)

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What do you do to prevent infections? Please share your expertise!

Comments (9)

Marilyn

A very educative video thank you

Jyhmirnlai

Are the suggestions useful in a TB endemic area? Do we still feed calves colostrum from the mother without heating the colostrum first?

Sandra Baxendell

Pasteurizing the colostrum is also an option

Lia Schots

What does pasteurizing of colostrom do to the quality/quantity of antibodies in colostrum?

Joep Driessen

Pasteurizing also kills all the life defence cells!!

Shree Narayan Singh

We have recently developed Johnes Disease Mycobactrium Aviam Subspecies Paratuberculosis (MAP) indigenous vaccine in India and launched on 26 Sept for the nation this vaccine will help to overcome the infection and antibiotic residue in milk meat etc. In the era of antibiotics resistance heavy antibiotic treatment is being discouraged due to human health complications therefore we have developed inactivated JD vaccine using Indian strain. we are in the process of developing strategies for control of disease in dairy , sheep and goat farm and at rural level in India this is the huge task for policy makers vets and progressive farmers in the country due to diverse culture region in India. please do send me the video in English so that we can use and translate in regional language in India to crate awareness.
My Email ID : singhsn@biovet.in Please Respond

Anouk Brinkhoff

Jyhmirnlai wrote:
Are the suggestions useful in a TB endemic area? Do we still feed calves colostrum from the mother without heating the colostrum first?

Para TB , Johne's disease: definitely only mothers colostrum! When mother shows signs, also cull calf!!
TB : same thing: mother positive: risk for calf to be positive as well?!

Heating colostrum to 40 degrees, yes!
Or do you mean pasteurizing? Kills life cells, so not the best solution.

Kristof Naessens

Joep Driessen wrote:
Pasteurizing also kills all the life defence cells!!

Leukocytes are also killed by freezing, and the effect of pasteurizing colostrum gives a proven better absorption% of Ig's

Anouk Brinkhoff

Kristof Naessens wrote:

Leukocytes are also killed by freezing, and the effect of pasteurizing colostrum gives a proven better absorption% of Ig's

Interesting, thanks for your comment.
If you’re harvesting colostrum one hour after calving and feed it directly, you don’t need pasteurization nor freezing and this is the best strategy, and most labour efficient. You only need a cuddle box and a pamper pen to milk the cow while she’s licking her calf. Better absorption after pasteurization is probably the case with highly contaminated colostrum, which in our own research is in 30 (fresh)-60 (frozen) % of the colostrum samples (http://www.cowsignals.com/blog/colony_count_in_colostrum_is_too_high). Do you have any research data?

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