Johne's Disease is an infectious bacterial disease of livestock that affects cattle, sheep, and goats. No cure has been found for Johne's Disease.
What are the signs of Johne's Disease?
- Progressive, long-lasting diarrhea
- Weight loss despite a good appetite
- Signs are rarely evident until 2 or more years after the initial infection (in cattle maybe sooner).
- Animals are most susceptible to the infection in the first year of life.
How is Johne's Disease spread?
- Most common source of the bacteria that causes Johne's Disease is feces or manure.
- The organism can remain alive in the environment for over a year.
- Feed tainted by manure containing the organism is the most common way animals become infected.
- Another source is milk from infected dams.
- Pond water and pastures contaminated with infected feces are other potential sources of infection.
Does North Dakota have a Johne's Disease testing program?
- Please contact your local veterinarian or the State Board of Animal Health for more information on the North Dakota Voluntary Bovine Johne's Disease Control Program.