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The National OJD Management Plan 2012-2017 - What you need to know

Posted by Bestprac on May 21 2012

Why do we need a National OJD Management Plan?
Ovine Johne’s disease (OJD) is a silent but costly disease. Sheep may look healthy but shed high numbers of bacteria and spread the infection before the disease becomes apparent.

In infected flocks, OJD has a serious welfare and financial impact, as it affects growth and production. Infected sheep can waste away and die.

Infected flocks are a risk for the whole sheep industry. The bacteria causing OJD can be brought onto a property either by purchasing infected sheep, from straying sheep or spread from neighbouring infected properties. Under the right conditions the bacteria can survive in the environment for long periods.

The sheep industry needs to work together to effectively control OJD.

Read more about the National OJD Management Plan

National OJD website

Last changed: May 22 2012

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