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New Jersey Health Assurance Program (NJCHAP)
Contact: Dr. Anne Pierok, (609) 292-3965

NJCHAP is a program modeled after the New York State Cattle Health Assurance Program (NYSCHAP). It consists of a core module with eight offshoot modules that build off the knowledge gleaned from the core module. All modules are designed to help the producers target areas in their business 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 the producers as consultants to help them realize a financially profitable future in the state of NJ.

o The Core Module: Designed to offer producers a “Best Management Practices” overview. With the aid of DAH, the farmers can have input from DAH consultants to help them improve the farm’s bottom line by discussing possible areas were management changes might minimize the amount of work they have to do and to increase the profitability of their operation.

o The Johne’s Module: The most popular module for NJCHAP and the entry point for most farmers. It allows farmers to develop customized eradication, control and prevention strategies for this disease with the aid of NJDAH staff and resources. The goal is to be able to certify herds as Johne’s negative in accordance with Federal Guidelines.

Farmer Education and Outreach

Contact: Dr. Anne Pierok, (609) 292-3965

The NJDAH is also a valuable source of information, education and outreach to New Jersey’s Dairy Farmers. There are numerous publications that are currently and historically available through the NJDA. Free publications such as the Cattle Health Newsletter and its new replacement the Animal Health Newsletter strive to communicate with the dairy producer about diseases and topics relevant to animal agriculture and the dairy farmer.

Cattle Health Newsletter
Summer 2001 (PDF) Summer/Fall 2000 (PDF) Fall/Winter 1999 (PDF)

With the aid of Federal funding NJDAH has been able to offer educational workshops to help dairy producers learn about the continuing changes that take place in the industry. The Cow Sense and Calf Sense workshops stress hands on learning about things such as disease, BCS, food safety, and other management topics. Recently a BSE workshop discussed “Mad Cow Disease,” and its effects on NJ producers. Workshops about improved protocols for medication dispensing and use, as well as food safety issues drove home the message that high quality care results in a high quality premium product. The next scheduled workshop is a “Calf Sense” Workshop on December 1st and 2nd.

The ability of our office to offer outside speakers, educators, and cutting edge knowledge to our producers is invaluable in our efforts to improve the quality of life for our producers and the quality of the product they can offer.

Regulatory Services

Contact: The Division of Animal Health, (609) 292-3965

One of the most valuable service that the DAH offers producers, but which is often under utilized by the farmers in the State, is the numerous regulatory functions that the state performs to help keep the state’s food and livestock monitored and free of disease.

The DAH continues to monitor and maintain the state’s TB and Brucellosis Free Status through statewide testing and vigilanc

Recent outbreaks of Vesicular Stomatitis in the hoof stock in Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado, and the subsequent import/export consequence of that occurrence, continue to underscore the importance of the DAH to NJ producers in preventing the introduction of such a disease into the State.

BSE surveillance and inspection continue to be a priority for the State. Inspection of random feed mills in the state to assure that they are following Federal guidelines is a way for the NJDAH to educate producers about those rules and BSE in general. NJDAH’s continued involvement in federal surveillance programs for BSE allows NJ to partially reimburse producer’s disposal costs for down and dead cows. Participation in this program serves as the producer’s introduction to NJCHAP and facilitates increased exposure of services offered.

NJDAH investigates any premise that has been identified as having drug residue in meat by the FDA. Although not a common occurrence in NJ, where applicable, the department educates the farmers and works with them to make sure they can ship a wholesome product.

Field Investigations/Epidemiology of Disease Outbreaks
Contact: The Division of Animal Health, (609) 292-3965

NJDA assists farmers and large animal veterinarians by offering free assistance in the form of on site investigations including necropsies and laboratory sample submission.

Biosecurity & Security – Best Practices

Contact: The Division of Animal Health, (609) 292-3965

In the wake of 9/11 the department has ramped up its efforts to develop industry leading standards for the protection of farms and livestock. Training workshops, discussion and other forms of communication are going to become a valuable tool for the DAH to help dairy producers protect the integrity of their goods.

Financial Analysis for Dairy Facilities
Contact: Bob Bruch, Agricultural Economic Development, (609) 984-2503

To strengthen the economic viability of dairy operations, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, will conduct upon request a cost/benefit analysis and cash flow projection on new facilities being planned by dairy farmers.

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