[2 October/Rural Life]

Beef + Lamb New Zealand intend to roll out biosecurity workshops to assist farmers start and improve their on-farm biosecurity plans. More than half of New Zealand’s sheep and beef farmers had made changes to reduce the risk of their stock becoming infected with Mycoplasma bovis. Other changes included increased focus on yard hygiene, and not buying calves or cattle. Those who made no changes predominantly ran closed or isolated systems. The survey identified forty-one percent had or were working on biosecurity plans for their farms. Beef + Lamb New Zealand General Manager Policy and Advocacy, Dave Harrison, said the incursion reinforced the need for every farm to have a plan in place. B+L NZ noted it continued to monitor developments around the eradication plan.