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Contact: Dr. Anne Pierok, (609) 671-6400

Recommendations for Professionals Visiting Livestock Operations (pdf 87k)
Following the basic model of the New Jersey Cattle Health Assurance Program (NJCHAP) <insert link to NJCHAP here> tailored for sheep and goat producers, the New Jersey Sheep and Goat Quality Health Assurance assists producers in raising healthy small ruminants in the state. By focusing on herd health and herd medicine principals, the program is a useful adjunct to your herd veterinarian. New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) personnel work with Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension, private veterinarians, and herd owners to help them establish disease control programs that will benefit the owners, the herd, and the land. Call the Division of Animal Health at (609) 671-6400 to schedule a herd risk assessment on your farm.

A secondary focus is herd testing and identification of Johne's-positive animals using blood test and fecal cultures, both of which are processed in the NJDA laboratory.

The primary focus of the program is the development of an individualized herd plan for each producer. The plan helps identify and remedy high-risk areas for disease.
NJSAGHAP is a program modeled after the NJCHAP. The program is designed to help producers target areas in their businesses where they might be able to realize increased profits. The program ideally brings Division of Animal Health (DAH) personnel, regular herd veterinarians and extension agents to producers as consultants to help them realize a financially profitable future in the state.
Components of the program include:

- A “Best Management Practices” overview for producers. With the aid of DAH, farmers can have input from DAH consultants to help them improve the farm’s bottom line by discussing possible areas where management changes might minimize the amount of work they have to do and to increase the profitability of their operation.
- The entry point for most farmers is the Johne’s Module. It allows farmers to develop customized eradication, control and prevention strategies for this disease with the aid of DAH staff and resources. The goal is to be able to certify herds as Johne’s negative in accordance with Federal Guidelines.