[24 July/Dairy News]

According to the Ministry for Primary Industries, more beef than dairy farms are infected with Mycoplasma bovis. An update showed 40 properties as being infected. Of these farms, 20 were beef farms, 17 were dairy farms and 3 were marked as other. It was originally detected in the dairy sector, but affected beef farm numbers crept up as animal movements were traced. The news came as dairy farms prepared for another round of bulk milk testing. MPI said a screening test for beef animals was being developed. MPI encouraged all farm owners to make themselves aware of the risks and their responsibilities around the disease. MPI have received 210 claims for compensation, and had completely or partly paid 74.