Programme Registration

As a result of continued interest in the Programme, the Johne’s Disease Implementation Group (JDIG) has recommended an extension to Phase One of the Irish Johne’s Control Programme (IJCP), to provide sufficient time to allow all herdowners who have already lodged an EOI or Registration form to complete the registration process. All registrations in Phase One of the IJCP must be completed by the 30th June 2018.   If you have previously lodged an Expression of Interest form, you can register online here.

Registration forms which have been received in the first quarter of 2018 will be processed automatically and the herd owners notified.

Before registering for the programme herdowners should be familiar with the requirements of the Irish Johne’s Control Programme.

The current technical manual is available here.

The IJCP currently requires herdowners to carry out the following activities annually (subject to review):

  1. An on-farm veterinary risk assessment and management plan (VRAMP).
  2. Whole herd screening test (one blood sample or two milk samples from each eligible animal).
  3. Arrange ancillary testing of animals with existing positive blood or milk test results in herds with no prior positive ancillary test results, or herds that generate positive or inconclusive blood or milk test results during Whole Herd Testing.

All of the measures above must be completed within 12 months of registration or by 31st December, 2018, whichever is the sooner.

What happens after registration?

AHI will notify you by automated email for online registrations when your registration has been successfully processed. For paper based registrations, you will receive an SMS message once the process is completed. In addition, we will also notify your nominated AVP that you have registered for the programme.

However it is your responsibility to contact your AVP to arrange:

  1. A veterinary risk assessment and management plan (VRAMP)
  2. Whole herd screening test (ELISA milk or blood), as defined in the current version of the Technical Manual. You are required to pay your AVP for this service but will subsequently be paid a contribution of €3.60 /head by AHI on behalf of DAFM, after a complete whole herd test of all eligible animals has been carried out.

All of the measures above must be completed within 12 months of registration or by 31st December, 2018, whichever is the sooner.

What happens if an animal or animals test positive?

Provided your herd is not already known to be infected, any animals that generate a positive or inconclusive blood or milk test are eligible for an additional test known as an ancillary test, which is carried out on a faecal sample. The ancillary test sample will be collected by your approved veterinary practitioner and will be funded by DAFM, with payments made via AHI to the testing laboratory and/or the AVP who conducted the sampling. There is no cost to the farmer for this service.

If an animal in your herd returns a positive test result to the ancillary test, you should discuss the meaning of the result with your AVP.

Where to send paper based registration forms  

To register, complete and sign the registration form and return to AHI, by post or email (scanned copy) to:

Animal Health Ireland
4-5 The Archways
Carrick on Shannon
Co Leitrim
N41 WN27

Or Email:  jd@animalhealthireland.ie

Expressions of Interest for Phase Two

An Expression of Interest (EOI) form for registration in Phase Two of the programme is available here . Please complete and return either by post, or scan and email to jd@animalhealthireland.ie. You will be contacted again when registration for Phase Two of the programme opens.

If you would like any further information about the Irish Johne’s Control Programme please contact Animal Health Ireland by email jd@animalhealthireland.ie or Phone: 071 9671928.

 

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