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23rd February, 2019

Johne’s disease in a suckler herd

Visited a Pedigree Limousine breeder in Co. Clare, he revealed that he is trying to address the elimination of Johne’s disease from his herd for the past 4 years. He has restored to taking blood samples at 6 month intervals those animals coming up with high readings are tested again using dung samples. It is currently costing him €30 per cow for each dung sample to be tested. He considers this disease to be one of the biggest threats to beef exports in this country.