[16 October/ Stuff]

DairyNZ Biosecurity Readiness and Response Manager Chris Morley said Foot and Mouth disease’s arrival in New Zealand is guaranteed and just a matter of time. Mr Morley said an MPI study conducted two years ago showed Food and Mouth disease, at a small to medium-sized outbreak, would cost New Zealand $16 billion. Mr Morley stressed the importance of on-farm biosecurity. Selwyn-Rakaia Vet Services Representative Chris Norton spoke of his time containing the disease in the UK, said an outbreak in New Zealand is the worst-case scenario due to the detrimental impacts it would have. Mr Morley said foot and mouth was the most critical threat to New Zealand biosecurity.