Follow these tips and advice to reduce the risk of your calves contracting Mycoplasma bovis this season.
Agribusiness expert Keith Woodford is warning that the chances of eradicating Mycoplasma bovis are not high.
Whangarei microbiologist Dr Barry Pyle says calf days are a perfect opportunity to educate youngsters and friends and family about biosecurity.
The 2018 dairy calving/mating season has a new, unsettling dynamic with the incursion of Mycoplasma bovis.
The head of BiosecurityNZ (MPI’s group dealing with Mycoplasma bovis), Roger Smith, says its job is to make NAIT easy so that farmers will comply with it.
The American dairy genetics standards organisation Certified Semen Services (CSS) is reassuring New Zealand farmers that semen conforming to its protocols is safe from Mycoplasma bovis.
DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb NZ are recommending postponing calf days or looking for alternative events while the Mycoplasma bovis eradication plan is underway.
National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) compliance is increasing, but some farmers are continuing to break the rules.