Promoting A Stronger Dairy Sector
McGuinty Government Supporting Dairy Cattle Disease Prevention And Education Program
Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Dairy farmers and veterinarians are receiving support from the Province to prevent the spread of Johne's disease in Ontario cattle.
The Johne's Education and Management Assistance Program is an industry-led, four-year initiative focused on preventing the spread of Johne's disease, a common bacterial infection in the intestinal tract of cattle. This program will be strengthened through a $300,000 investment from the Ontario government.
This initiative is the result of a commitment by dairy producers, industry members and veterinarians to enhance farm productivity, cattle health, a safe food supply and protection of the environment. This proactive, non-regulatory initiative complements the safeguards for animal health that the new Ontario Animal Health Act provides.
- Ontario dairy farmers represent the province's largest commodity group, with an annual farm gate value of about $1.7 billion.
- There are about 400,000 dairy cows in Ontario, averaging 60 cows per dairy farm.
Ontario's dairy industry has provided strong leadership in promoting practices that contribute to animal and human health and food quality. These have always been important priorities for our government, and I am pleased to support efforts that will enhance the excellence of our province's dairy industry."