Johne's disease in goats

This disease is also called paratuberculosis

Johne's disease in Goats Book

Over 50 references summarized by Dr Sandra Baxendell, goatvetoz

Many photos included 

This spiral bound book is updated frequently as new research is published. It is available on request for $30 posted to Australian addresses. A copy will be posted with an invoice - I trust you. Use the contact us form if interested in getting a copy. 

Do you have a Biosecurity Plan?

Johne's disease is mostly introduced into goat herds by bringing in carriers (goats that show no clinical signs but are shedding the  JD bacteria in their faeces. Most chronic diseases come into goat herds on the back of a truck with a new goat.

Watch my presentation about Johne's disease in goats

Accredited veterinarian under the Market Assurance Program for Johne's disease

 I have successfully written both property and kid rearing plans.   The herds that I have helped have sold goats to Western Australia and reached the highest levels of market assurance i.e. MAP 3 

Submissions made to the Australian Review of Johne's Disease  Regulatory Control in Cattle

Submissions were made to the review  that objected to the proposed deregulation of Johne's disease in cattle, in order to protect goats

Unfortunately these submissions were not successful and cattle movements from properties with Johne's disease will be less restricted.  Hence Australian  goat breeders will  now need to be extra vigilant to protect their goats from this deadly disease.


Johne's disease:

  • Has no treatment

  • Lasts for over a year in the environment

  • Has an incubation period of years

  • Goats with Johne's disease just look skinny and get weaker

  • Can be introduced with an infected cow, sheep, deer or alpaca or their manure


Only buy goats from tested negative herds, ideally from herds in the Market Assurance Program, managed by Animal Health Australia.  There is no test that can be done in a kid to determine if it is incubating Johne's disease or not.

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