A report due to be officially released in a few weeks from MPI’s Mycoplasma bovis technical advisory group (TAG) is expected to confirm the TAG’s optimism that the disease can be eradicated.
Farmers, especially in the South Island, are being reminded that while Mycoplasma bovis has captured headlines, TB is a continuing problem in small pockets of the country.
A large calf rearer bought an $80,000 pasteurisation unit this year to protect his business from Mycoplasma bovis.
Farmers have two years of “heavy lifting” before the bulk of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak is dealt with.
Dairy farmers are using a range of tactics to keep their cows and farms safe from Mycoplasma bovis this mating season.
Pye Group's farms all aim for a grass-fed low-input system, with minimal grain and fodder beet supplements.
Farmers are being urged to have their say on the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) review consultation now underway.