Lawrence GaveyAnimal Health Ireland · Johne's Disease & Biosecurity
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My responsibilities are the management of the Irish Johne's Control Programme and the Biosecurity Programme in Animal Health Ireland. My research interests are the methods, costs, benefits and inhibitors of voluntary Johne's disease (paratuberculosis) control programmes, including the behavioural contexts; and the methods of implementing on-farm biosecurity planning.
Johne’s disease is an infectious disease affecting cattle, other ruminants and non-ruminant wildlife worldwide, caused by Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP). This review provides an up-to-date concise overview of the pathogenesis of MAP, the significance of Johne’s disease in cattle and the use of diagnostic testing at both anima...
This article describers the development and implementation of the Irish Johne's Control Programme. Issues that have arisen, particularly in communications and recruiting herds into the voluntary programme, and solutions, are explored. The need to integrate behavioural science in refining the programme is described.
Paratuberculosis, a chronic disease affecting ruminant livestock, is caused by Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP). It has direct and indirect economic costs, impacts animal welfare and arouses public health concerns. In a survey of 48 countries we found paratuberculosis to be very common in livestock. In about half the countries more...
The application of variable-number tandem repeats (VNTR) genotyping of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis isolates to assist in investigating incidents of bovine Johne's disease in a low-prevalence region of Australia is described in the current study. Isolates from a response to detection of bovine Johne's disease in Queensland were compa...
This paper describes the recent activities to control Johne’s disease in the dairy cattle industry in South Australia as well as the development of a National Dairy Scoring System. These measures were designed to facilitate the uptake of a risk-based trading system for dairy cattle and the allocation of individual dairy herd scores based either on...