Quicker Test for Johne’s Disease Possible Next Year
December 14, 2012
A new test for Johne’s (OJD) disease in sheep and cattle will reduce the wait time for results from three months to one week. Current testing takes more than three months, which farmers complain is too long.
Professor Richard Whittington, chair of farm animal health at Sydney University, says a breakthrough in DNA technology makes the OJD test quicker and more sensitive.
“(It) will cut the time to diagnosis based on a fecal sample from three months, potentially, to one week,” said Whittington.
Pending approval, the test should be available early next year and be the same cost as the current test.
Reprinted in part from ABC Rural, AU