[7 June/Radio NZ]

A sheep and beef farm in Wairarapa tested positive for the devastating cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis. MPI unit, Biosecurity New Zealand, said the farm near Masterton was located through the tracing of animal movements from other affected farms. The property was under legal controls which restricted the movement of animals and other risk goods off the farm. All cattle on the farm would be killed. The total number of infected properties was 36 nationwide. The government opted to try eradicate the disease last week at a cost of $886 million. In total, 46 farms have been identified as having the disease, but 10 have since been cleared. There is no risk to human health from the infection.