[6 February/NZ Herald]

A property in Middlemarch in Otago has been identified as having tested positive for the Mycoplasma bovis cattle disease, the 21st property to have been detected with the disease.  In addition there are 34 properties that are under restricted place notices.  The Ministry for Primary Industries reiterated that all detections are still linked to the site of the original infected properties via animal movements.  MPI also noted that it has contracted a private laboratory to boost the testing capacity to ensure that farmers are receiving the results of testing within the original target timeframe of two to three weeks from a sample being tested; an MPI spokesperson noted that the testing was being processed in risk order.