One in three UK herds include carriers of Johne’s Disease, also known as MAP, a chronic wasting disease with no treatment and no compensation, that can lie undetected until animals are over three years old.
Actiphage by detecting live mycobacteria enables disease management through the removal of these animals from the herd or prior to movement.
Johne's Disease is transmitted to the calf, although older animals can be infected by the faecal oral route, so the risk comes from contaminated calfing areas and sharing milk to feed calves. It can remain dormant in the animal until it is triggered by stress or an other infection.
The disease can have a serious economic impact through
A pre-breeding test would be good way to help control Johne's. Preventing positive animals from being bred would reduce the spread of bacteria in calving areas and prevent the infection of calves through milk.
Actiphage detects live mycobacteria in blood or milk samples, unlike the antibody test, which measures the immune response to the disease. This means it can identify animals with Johne's Disease before they become infectious and start to shed the bacteria.
So, for the first time Actiphage enables farmers to introduce a disease management strategy to eradicate Johne’s Disease:
Actiphage is a simple test for blood or bulk milk that can be used to screen the herd to detect infected animals. It enables management of the herd to reduce the economic loss and to provide quality assurance to retail customers and consumers. If you would like to use the service do get in contact.