[15 December/Stuff]

Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, has indicated that a ban is likely to be put on cattle being transported across the Cook Strait in an effort to stop the spread of Mycoplasma Bovis. He has also indicated that farmers that have the disease may lose their anonymity. Minister O’Connor said that the ban may be a necessary precaution in the short term until the disease is contained, adding that most movements occur around Gypsy Day in the middle of the year so it should not have a big impact. He added that by naming farms it would enable farmers to identify if they had bought stock from a property which could help the tracking and tracing process.