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.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) hasn’t given up hope of eradicating the bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis despite its spread to a third South Island farm.
The discovery of the cow disease Mycoplasma bovis in South Canterbury last month again raised concerns among farmers about NZ’s biosecurity measures and responsiveness.