The Government and farmers have agreed to attempt to eradicate cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis from New Zealand.
With Gypsy Day around the corner, stock and equipment will be moving between properties, so farmers need to ensure they take the right precautions to lower their risk of cross contamination.
The tracking of cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis shows that more farms than previously expected are likely to be affected by the disease, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor.
Farmers affected by Mycoplasma bovis and unhappy with compensation payments offered may go to arbitration and appeal, says MPI.
Farming will change post Mycoplasma bovis, says Roger Smith, the man appointed to head Biosecurity New Zealand, a new dedicated stand-alone business unit within the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor says the previous Government took a hands-off approach to biosecurity.
Ministry of Primary Industries’ testing has found a second farm in the North Island with positive Mycoplasma bovis infection.