[30 August/Farmers Weekly] On-farm sampling for Mycoplasma bovis is about to become a lot less stressful for farmers due to changes in protocols and interpretation of results, helping to cut the many farms spend under active surveillance and notices of direction. Sampling criteria has now been refined by scientists, simplifying the process. Only one round of sampling and testing will be required if the results are negative. Beef + Lamb technical policy manager Chris Houston said many beef farmers will have to wait only half as long for an all-clear and get back to business as usual. The programme is also changing the way it interprets ELISA results based on expert analysis of the hundreds of thousands of samples, only allowing positive or negative results, no in-between. Meanwhile, eradication of Mycoplasma bovis continues to be a realistic goal despite the case surge that created a programme blip leading into winter.