[3 May/Rural Life]

In the latest update, the Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed there were 37 farms with the Mycoplasma bovis disease. However, the current number stood at 32 because of recent cullings. There is one North Island location in the Hawke’s Bay. Fifty two properties were under movement restrictions. The update said that the testing could be recommended due to the property’s geographic location, the movements of cattle on and off the farm, or some other risk factors. The ministry was looking into developing a test for the disease. Ministry Response Director, Geoff Gwyn, said they had identified that interpreting one-off test results was challenging and carried risks for farmers. The tests currently available could result in a lot of false positives. Ministry Response Liaison Officer, Elizabeth Taylor, added that once the test was verified it would be priced for commercial use, however no time frame could be given.