Phase Two Johnes Control Programme 2019

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Phase two of the Irish Johne’s control programme commenced on 1st January 2019.

Milk recording is ideally suited to testing for Johnes as the same milk sample can be used in the laboratory to test for Johnes.

During Phase One of the scheme two test samples were required by the farmer which made it very difficult for the farmer to satisfy the 90 day TB test rule. However, with Phase Two farmers needs only ONE milk sample per animal per lactation to satisfy the requirements of the scheme (the 90 day TB test rule still applies). 

Phase Two also includes financial support for all participating herds with contributions being made by the DAFM and the milk processors. The milk processors are providing assistance for the whole herd laboratory testing and the DAFM are funding the on-farm veterinary risk assessment (VRAMP).

If the farmer opts for the scheme and uses milk as opposed to blood to test the animals the following contribution/refund model will be available to the farmer for the laboratory testing element of the scheme.

 Contribution by Processor Based on Herd Status

Year of Scheme



Year 1



Year 2



Year 3



Year 4




The current cost of the Johnes test via milk in Progressive Genetics is €2.75 incl vat which will recoverable on the above basis.

Note that any eligible non milking animal will need to be tested using blood. Our laboratory in IML can also test for bloods and your vet may send the blood sample there for testing.

The DAFM will provide funding to meet the costs of the VRAMPS and any ancillary testing.

More Info

Please see the full requirements of the scheme here.

Please see the registration form here.

Please see the Animal Health Ireland website here.






Posted on Wednesday, 20 February 2019  |  By Progressive Genetics
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