[7 August/ NZ Herald]

The Ministry for Primary Industries said it would take two to three months of testing before the two South Canterbury farms infected with Mycoplasma bovis could be declared free of the cattle disease. MPI said the two infected farms belonged to the Van Leeuwen Dairy Group. MPI’s Response Incident Controller Eve Pleydell said there were no further confirmed positive test results and the situation remains at two positive affected farms, both in the VLDG. Ms Pleydell added the MPI was working to confirm whether the disease was occurring in other areas of the country.