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Economic Impact of Johne's Disease

Economics (Sucklers)

Kirkton cow

Annual cost of Johne's disease in a 100 cow suckler herd - spring calving with an average calf weaning weight of 270 kg.

Description Calculation Annual Cost
Two fewer weaned calves at forecast sale value of £540 (£2/kg). Production costs are assumed to be £54 / head. 2 calves x £486 £3972
5 lighter calves at weaning 5 calves x (36kg x £2) £360
5 additional female replacements @ £1000 / head less 3 culls @ £600 / head (5 x £1000) - (3 x £600) £3200

Typical total annual cost for 100 cow suckler herd infected with Johne's disease


£4532

Source: Economic Impact of Health and welfare Issues in Beef Cattle and Sheep in England. EBLEX_Final Report_170413