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.
The discovery of Mycoplasma bovis on a sheep and beef property near Motueka was entirely predictable, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor.
A large calf rearer has bought an $80,000 pasteurisation unit to protect his business from Mycoplasma bovis.
OPINION: The media spin on the distribution of M. bovis infected herds in New Zealand and the origins of these infections is misleading and could damage the beef industry, especially the seedstock industry.