Wisconsin dairy producers have a window of opportunity for reimbursement of costs associated with Johne's disease. That's according to Dr. Elisabeth Patton, Designated Johne's Coordinator in the Division of Animal Health at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture. Patton says the agency is holding meetings early next year to educate livestock producers about reimbursements, changes and updates in the 2007 Johne's disease control program.
Forums are being held at the following locations:
* Jan. 8: UW-Marinette, Marinette - Noon to 2 p.m.
* Jan. 9: Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc - Noon to 2 p.m.
* Jan. 10: UW-Richland Center, Richland Center - Noon to 2 p.m.
* Jan. 17: UW-Sheboygan, Sheboygan - Noon to 2 p.m.
* Jan. 22: UW-Marathon County, Wausau - Noon to 2 p.m.
* Jan. 23: Site to be determined, Monroe - Noon to 2 p.m.
* Jan. 24: Cranberry Country Lodge, Tomah - Noon to 2 p.m.
* Jan. 29: Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire - Noon to 2 p.m.
* Jan. 30: Department of Agriculture, Madison - Noon to 2 p.m.
* Jan. 31: UW-Platteville Student Center, Platteville - Noon to 2 p.m.
* Feb. 5: Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton - Noon to 2 p.m.
* Feb. 12: UW-Barron County, Rice Lake - Noon to 2 p.m.
There are no fees for the meeting and a noon lunch will be provided. However, pre-registration is required by calling (608) 224-4874.
Interested producers are encouraged to have their Johne's certified veterinarian complete a Johne's risk assessment and herd management plan (RAMP). Farmers who have a RAMP completed by Feb. 28 can apply for reimbursement of 2007 Johne's disease management costs.