Training for BCVA Johne's Accredited Veterinary Advisors

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The Johne's Action Group (JAG) are organising a number of meetings across the country to provide added resource to farm vets, this will enable them to complete phase 2 of the National Johne's management plan (NJMP)

By the 31st October 2018, all farmers supplying purchaser members of the NJMP will need to have undertaken to assess their risks and herd status and, put a written Johne's disease management plan in place and co-signed a declaration of compliance with their BCVA Accredited Johne's Veterinary Advisor.


  • 10.30-11.00 - Registration

  • 11:00-11:10 - Welcome and Introductions by Karen Bond (NML)

  • 11:10-11:30 - Johne’s Action Group and Purchaser Agenda by Action Johne’s representative

A representative from Action Johne’s will explain why Johne’s control remains high on the agenda for milk purchasers and the importance of the October deadline for the National Johne’s Management Plan (NJMP). The representative will also set out how important it is for stakeholders to work together to tackle Johne’s, highlighting the key role that vets have in ensuring that control plans on farm are robust and maintained effectively.

  • 11:30-12:30 - Technical Session by Pete Orpin & Karen Bond

Update on the latest research and thinking in Johne’s management including;

- Where are the biggest wins on farm for your clients

- How can test results best be used to make breeding, culling, and management decisions

- What does the mapping of test data tell us about the biology of the disease?

  • 12:30-13:30 - Lunch

  • 13:30-15:00 - How to secure Farmer Engagement by Nathan Loewenstein/Debby Brown/Gill Whitehurst

This session will feature a vet supplying commercial Johne’s advice and one of their farm clients. They will evaluate how you can use the NJMP to implement a Johne’s herd health programme on farm and how to market this advice as a commercially viable tool in practice. This will also include a discussion on Johne’s control with examples of how different programmes can be delivered and the benefits seen in herd health. Farmer and vet will also highlight what can be achieved as a team, and how important it is to implement a Johne's management plan on farm.

  • 15:00-15:30 - Summary by a Dairy Processor

Johne’s is now recognised as a priority within the dairy industry, this session will illustrate what the processor community are striving to achieve in terms of the NJMP October deadline and how as an industry we can work together in promoting herd health and combating the stigma of Johne’s disease.

  • 15:30-16:00 - Questions & Closing Summary


20/06/18: Oak Farm Hotel, Watling Street, Hatherton, Cannock, Staffordshire WS11 1SB

Time - 10.30:16:00

21/06/18: Ruthin Castle, Castle St, Ruthin LL15 2NU

Time - 10.30:16:00

26/06/18: Metropole Hotel & Spa, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5DY

Time - 10.30:16:00

27/06/18: Junction 24 Ltd, Market Way, Bridgwater TA6 6DF

Time - 10.30:16:00

04/07/18: Arla Foods, Samian Way, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury, HP22 5EZ

Time - 10.30:16:00

05/07/18: Arla Foods, Stourton Dairy, Pontefract Road, Leeds LS10 5EZ

Time - 10.30:16:00

10/07/18: SRUC Barony Campus, Parkgate, Dumfries, DG1 3NE

Time - 10.30:16:00

11/07/18: Radstone Hotel, Ayr Road, Larkhall, Lanarkshire ML9 2TZ

Time - 10.30:16:00

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