The Ministry for Primary Industries says “suspicious” test results for the bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis on two more farms in the South Canterbury region are not dashing hopes for containment and eradication.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) wishes to set the record straight regarding the article titled ‘Imported semen fingered for M.bovis outbreak’ in Rural News October 24.
DairyNZ biosecurity, readiness and response manager Chris Morley says the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak has been “bloody awful” for those caught up in it.
Rolleston farmer Ivan Robertson describes being caught up in the Mycoplasma bovis containment effort as a “pain in the butt”.
Farmers having trouble selling stock because of fears over Mycoplasma bovis are unlikely to see any compensation unless they are directly affected by Ministry for Primary Industries controls.
LIC, the country’s largest supplier of dairy genetics, will test its artificial breeding bulls for Mycoplasma bovis to provide its farmers with greater peace of mind through the dairy mating season.
North Otago is being treated “like the leper colony of the South Island” over the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak, says Federated Farmers North Otago dairy chairman Lyndon Strang.