[25 May/Radio NZ]

Regardless of the chosen solution, Mycoplasma bovis is expected to cost around $1 billion. Industry leaders have been discussing issues with the government which would form the basis of the paper that would go to Cabinet. Federated Farmers President, Katie Milne, said they were nearing consensus around what to do with the disease and were confident the decision would be the right one for all farmers. Minister for Agriculture and Biosecurity, Damien O’Connor, added he wanted a final word with the industry before the government decision. Speculators thought eradication would be selected ahead of management. Ms Milne noted it was a big call to make and keeping eradication on the table was a good thing. She said culling the cows caused a lot of pain that doesn’t sit well with farmers.