[14 May/NZ Herald]

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor warned that Mycoplasma bovis could be in every region of the country. He said it was the sad reality that other farms would come back as infected. Animals that had been moved to other regions were being tracked and it was possible they would come back as infected herds as those animals have spread the disease as it was announced a farm in the Waikato has tested positive for the disease. Tirau Farmer, Ian Scott, said he would be disappointed if the Government gave up on eradication. Federated Farmers National Dairy Chairman, Chris Lewis, added that farmers still wanted to eradicate MBovis, but the timeline had changed a bit. Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said the Government was trying to manage the issue but from what she had seen, it was a consequence of poor systems, processes and biosecurity investment. The Waikato property found to be infected brought the total number of infected properties across the country to 39.