[30 January/Radio NZ Rural]

The Ministry for Primary Industries has announced that two further farms have tested positive for cattle disease, Mycoplasma Bovis.  The new farms are located in South Canterbury, where the initial outbreak of the disease was detected, and Southland.  There are now 20 infected properties across South and Mid Canterbury, Southland and Hawkes Bay.  The disease has also caused South Island Cattle breeders to withdraw their entries from the New Zealand dairy event in Fielding because of fears their attendance could spread the disease.