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.
DairyNZ are ‘working through’ the cost-sharing process for the industry share of eradicating Mycoplasma bovis, says BLNZ general manager policy and advocacy Dave Harrison.
West Coast farmer Andrew Stewart believes the key to animal traceability is to keep your National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) account regularly updated.
It's crunch time for dairy and beef farmers as they decide how much the two sectors will pay, respectively, toward cleaning up the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis, likely to cost $870 million over 10 years.