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Wiltshire Herd takes top award for 'Best Practice' Johne's Control

TWF Hawking, Oldfield Farm, near Chippenham led by herdsman James Smith has been awarded the 2018 HerdWise Best Practice award for Johne’s Control. Runner up is Laura Elliot from Tedion Farm, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire
The awards were presented at the NMR open day at Longnor, Shropshire by host farmer and winner of the 2017 award Tim Downes and award judge Karen Bond.

Oldfield Farm was presented with £500 of Johne’s testing vouchers, a silver salver and luxury hamper. Their veterinary practice, George Vets from Malmesbury, also received a trophy to recognise its contribution, under the guidance of vet Ian Cardiff, to the herd’s Johne’s control programme

HerdWise Best Practice Award winner 2018 James Smith (r) herdsman for Oldfield Farm with 2017 winner Tim Downes and judge and vet Karen.
The runner up received £250 of HerdWise vouchers.

Certificates were awarded to two further finalists –Mark Knight from New Spittles Farm, near Yeovil, Somerset, and Andrew Hall from Hale Hall Farm, near Preston in Lancashire.

Runner up, Laura Elliot with presenters.
Now in their fourth year, the award is open to all 1700 herds using the HerdWise Johne’s screening service. The judges, Lyndon Edwards and NMR vet Karen Bond, look for producers who are working with their vet and using risk assessment and screening services to develop a control plan specific to their herd.
“But equally importantly is that we look for herds demonstrating best practice in Johne’s disease control on their farm, with the whole team engaged in planned protocols. And we look for evidence that sound progress is being made,” says Mrs Bond.

 “The vet plays a vital role in the success of the control plans; they are very much part of the team and our four finalists all illustrate this in their on-farm plans and in their success to date.”
Working closely with the Johne’s Action Group, she highlights the group’s target of 95% of herds having a signed declaration by their vet, that a robust Johne’s control plan is in place on the farm, by October 2018.

 “Many vets and producers are working hard towards this target, but there is still some way to go in the remaining six months and we hope that this award and visitors to the farm walk where they could see the protocols in place and the progress being made will inspire others to commit to Johne’s control in their herds.”

Laura Elliot, James Smith and finalist Matthew Hall
This annual award is open to all NMR customers who use the CHeCS-accredited quarterly milk screening service HerdWise. Routinely collected individual cow milk samples used for recording are also used in the HerdWise service to identify any high risk cows.

Winner - James Smith