[16 April/NZ Farmer]

Thirty properties have tested positive for Mycoplasma bovis and last month the Ministry for Primary Industries decided to cull 22,000 cattle from them. The MPI reassured those farms that they were moving as fast as possible to process compensation claims. MPI Director of Response, Geoff Gywn, said they were yet to receive compensation claims however were aware some farmers were nervous about the time-frames. They had been dealing with claims throughout the response. They have paid out around $2.5 million in compensation so far with a further $1.5 expected to be paid out within the next few weeks. Mr Gwyn added that they were increasing staffing in their compensation team to process claims when the claims for the 22,000 culled animals came through. He reassured farmers that they were doing everything they could to help get them back on their feet as soon as possible.