Bulk milk testing for MAP
Johne’s Disease is a wasting disease in cattle that reduces milk production and eventually leads to the death of the animal. It is caused by Mycobacterium avium Species paratuberculosis (MAP) and the disease can lay dormant in the animal for many years, only to be triggered by stress or age.
The USDA estimates that for every animal showing symptoms another 10 to 25 in the herd are also infected (NAHMS USDA study). The most common source of transmission is by milk from an infected cow to its calf.
PBD Biotech is at the Dairy Show, 5th October 2022 – stand number Stand 124, Edmund Rack, to talk about how a new test for blood and bulk milk that can detect MAP at an early stage of infection.
Johne’s Disease testing service
PBD Biotech has developed the Actiphage test for Johne’s Disease and MAP. It enables early detection of the mycobacteria from blood samples of individual animals or via bulk milk from the herd.
Bulk milk testing with Actiphage provides quality assurance as it is very sensitive, identifying even just a few live cells in 50ml of milk
Jonnie Yewdall, a former dairy farmer, is now Commercial Director for PBD Biotech and is looking forward to getting back to his West Country roots and talking farming.
He says: “Johne’s Disease is difficult to detect with current tests and can be hidden in the herd, and there is still a lot of confusion about the economic impact of the disease on milk production.
“The need to promote consumer confidence means that increasingly the large dairy companies are insisting that farmers have a MAP management programme. It will be good to discuss with producers at The Dairy Show how Actiphage can support them fulfil this requirement.”
Muck and magic at the Dairy Show
The Dairy Show features competitions, technology exhibition and seminars. The theme of the seminar session this year will be muck and magic – talking about the best ways to manage organic manures to maximise soil health and as a result the performance of crops and grazing livestock. Ideas from regenerative farming are becoming more widely accepted so there will be many different perspectives available.
Do contact us to find out more about Johne’s Disease/MAP testing
To find out more about the show visit https://www.bathandwest.com/the-dairy-show.