[7 December/ NZ Herald]

Cattle culling has continued on the South Canterbury dairy farms infected with Mycoplasma bovis. All cows from the first two farms in the Ministry for Primary Industries’ depopulation programme had been removed for slaughter. After the infected herds had been culled, the farms would be disinfected and go into a stand down period when no cattle would be allowed there. A Ministry for Primary Industries statement said Mycoplasma bovis did not survive in soil for a long period and the stand down period would be long enough to ensure cattle were not infected from the soil.