[9 February/The Country]

Twenty-three farms have now been found to be infected with the cattle disease Mycoplasma Bovis. The latest two were in Southland and South Canterbury. The Ministry for Primary Industries said all infected properties were under quarantine controls. The Ministry reiterated that all detections to date were linked to the original infected properties via animal movement. Their health laboratory was carrying a significant testing workload, particularly following the recent detections. This has caused delays in receiving test results, however the MPI apologised for these delays and explained the stressful situation they were facing.