37 farms have been confirmed as infected with Mycoplasma bovis by the Ministry for Primary Industries — eight in the North Island and 29 in the South.
New Zealand's biggest annual A&P show will go ahead with cattle classes on November 14 - 16 despite the threat of spreading Mycoplasma bovis.
Thirty-seven farms were known at the end of August to be infected with Mycoplasma bovis, says the Ministry of Primary Industries.
Southland beef farmer Ben Walling says he is suing Southern Centre Dairies owner Alfons Zeestraten over the spread of the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.
Animal-rights organisation Save Animals from Exploitation (SAFE) are calling to ban intensive feedlots, which it termed “the Americanisation” of agriculture.
The farm suspected of being the likely source of the country’s Mycoplasma bovis outbreak is facing charges related to the importation of farm machinery.
A rushed change to NAIT regulations has caused growing disquiet about the haste in which the new laws were passed under urgency in Parliament.