[18 January/ NZ Herald]

The Ministry for Primary Industries has confirmed that three further farms had been confirmed as infected with the Mycoplasma bovis bacterial cattle disease.  David Yard, the incident controller for MPI, said that eradication remains the preferred option and the Ministry believes this is possible.  He note that they believe the disease has not been in New Zealand for very long given it has been detected on only 17 farms given that there are 12,000 dairy herds across the country.  MPI expect a milk testing programme that is expect to start in February will help determine whether there are any other pockets of infection across the country.  Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, said he believes that there is a willingness to do whatever it takes to eradicate the disease.