[1 April/NZ Herald]

New Zealand’s beef export sector appeared to be free of Mycoplasma bovis. The Ministry for Primary Industries said there were no positive results from the testing of animals. An MPI spokeswoman said the risk of Mycoplasma bovis was different due to how beef is raised in New Zealand. She added that they are farmed in pasture and not fed risky discarded calf milk. Animals tested at slaughter showed no positive results. MPI reports that analysed the different pathways it may have spread in New Zealand show the disease may have been in New Zealand since 2015. They attempted to contain the disease with a mass cull on 28 quarantined properties by 1 June. The spread of the disease is through contact between animals.