Biosecurity

Researchers to study human impact of Mycoplasma bovis

[21 January/Radio NZ] The emotional, social and psychological impacts of Mycoplasma bovis on farmers and farming communities will be studied by the University of Otago. The project’s lead researcher, Fiona Doolan-Noble, said that the two-year study will look at the impact of the eradication programme on farmers directly, and the wider community more generally. For...

Livestock farmers join GIA biosecurity partnership

[7 January/Farmers Weekly] Key players in the livestock farming sector have taken steps to protect their multi-billion-dollar export industries from pests and diseases through joining other primary sector organisations and Government in the biosecurity fight. Industry organisations DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand consulted with farmers over a year ago to join the Government...

Stink bug discovery affects imports, trade deficit

[20 December/NZ Herald] Statistics New Zealand revealed a narrowed trade deficit for November as imports were reduced by the discovery of stink bugs. A November deficit of $402 million was down compared to the October deficit of $707 million, suggesting that exports also rose with the stink bug discovery. International Statistics manager Tehseen Isla, reported...

Government believes Mycoplasma bovis can be eradicated

[17 December/The Country] The Government remains confident that the cattle disease, Mycoplasma bovis can be eradicated in New Zealand, which would be a world first if successful. Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, spoke alongside Jacinda Ardern at the Prime Minister’s post-Cabinet press conference. The Government announced a massive response in May after the disease was detected...

Taranaki’s first farm with cattle disease confirmed by MPI

[6 December/Stuff] Taranaki’s first case of the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis has been confirmed by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI). A dairy farm has been designated as the region’s first Restricted Place after test results and animal movements showed a risk of spreading the bacterial disease, said MPIs Mycoplasma bovis director Geoff Gwyn. Further...

Samurai wasp on standby to fight brown marmorated stink bugs

[7 December/Stuff] The Environmental Protection Agency pre-approved the release of a tiny parasitic wasp earlier this year, the country’s first pre-emptive approval of a bio-control measure. The wasp could be an effective predator of the brown marmorated stink bug should an incursion occur.  A 2017 report from the NZ Institute of Economic Research found that...

Ship ordered to leave following biosecurity breach

[29 November/Rural News] Biosecurity New Zealand has directed a vehicle carrier to leave New Zealand waters following the discovery of stink bugs and other regulated pests on board. The Carmen arrived in Auckland and was carrying a range of vehicles from Europe and the US. The vessel will now have to be treated off shore...

Two new North Island Mycoplasma bovis farms confirmed

[27 November/Stuff] Two North Island dry-stock beef farms, have been confirmed as infected with Mycoplasma bovis. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said it had been monitoring the two farms in Manawatu and Wairarapa, which already had animal restrictions in place. The number of infected properties stands at 33, with 42 properties cleared of the...

Onion biosecurity plan

[21 November/Rural Life] Biosecurity New Zealand and Onions New Zealand have signed an agreement for funding to prepare for future biosecurity responses. Both parties signed a sector readiness operational agreement earlier this month which will see the organisations jointly funding readiness activities that will improve preparedness for incursions of pests and diseases of major concern...

Scientists get $13 million boost in war on tree killing scourges

[20 November/NZ Herald] Research, Science and Innovation Minister, Megan Woods, has announced that the Government is investing a further $13.75 million into research programmes that are targeting kauri dieback and myrtle rust.  The diseases have become prominent in recent years and there are currently no silver bullet cures to stop the diseases spreading across the...

M. bovis confirmed on Waikato and Manawatū farms

[16 November/The Country] Two dry-stock farms, one in the Waikato region and one in the Manawatū, have this week been confirmed as infected with Mycoplasma bovis. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said the farms were both connected to previously identified Infected Properties (IPs) through animal movements. MPI said there were 36 IPs with 42...

Government gets tough over Nait, fines 80 farmers

[16 November/Stuff] In the last few months 80 infringement notices have been handed out by MPI relating to farmers compliance with the National Animal Identification and Traceability system.  One fine was for unregistered animals, however most were for not correctly recording livestock movements. Federated Farmers dairy group chairman Chris Lewis welcomed the news, saying it...

Biosecurity champs announced

[13 November/Rural News] An Environment Southland project has been announced as the winner of the New Zealand Biosecurity Supreme Award organised by Biosecurity New Zealand.  The Fiordland Marine Pathway Management Plan project is a first of its kind project in New Zealand and it aims to protect one of New Zealand’s most significant regions from...

MPI ‘on the right track’ in plan to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis cattle disease from New Zealand

[5 November/NZ Farmer] MPI believe that they will know by early December whether they are on the right track to eliminate Mycoplasma bovis when the latest round of bulk milk testing will be completed and the results analysed by a team of international experts. There are currently 33 infected properties and 42 properties which MPI...

Farmers urged to have their say on changes to animal tracing system

[30 October/Stuff] Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, has opened a consultation round on proposed improvements to the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme.  The Minister said that the scheme should have worked better during the initial stages of the Mycoplasma Bovis response, adding that he determined to make changes to the scheme to make it...

Potato virus cannot be eradicated

[22 October/Radio NZ] Potato growers have accepted the reality that the potato mop top virus will remain in their midst. The virus was not a hazard to health, but lowered growth in potato plants and therefore reduced the yield from a crop. Potatoes New Zealand and Biosecurity New Zealand stated the disease could not be...

Biosecurity is a community effort

[17 October/Farmers Weekly] Many groups have come together in the Bay of Plenty to form New Zealand’s first biosecurity coalition. It was aimed at increasing individual responsibility for keeping pests and diseases beyond the border. The initiative was called the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital initiative and was launched amid hopes for it to become an...

Potato virus no threat to chip supply

[11 October/Stuff] Testing for the potato mop-top virus has been extended, however there would still be enough chips for the summer. It was discovered in potatoes grown in Canterbury last month. Potatoes New Zealand and Biosecurity New Zealand said 18 farms in the region had been added to the suspect list. Potatoes New Zealand said...

Plant & Food Research has special role for native birds

[11 October/The Country] Plant & Food Research would lead a team to undertake a study to determine if native birds could function as nature’s pest control agents. They would catch and release native birds that are currently present in apple, wine grape, berry, and plum orchards and identify insect DNA from their faeces to determine...

Biosecurity workshops for farmers in wake of survey

[2 October/Rural Life] Beef + Lamb New Zealand intend to roll out biosecurity workshops to assist farmers start and improve their on-farm biosecurity plans. More than half of New Zealand’s sheep and beef farmers had made changes to reduce the risk of their stock becoming infected with Mycoplasma bovis. Other changes included increased focus on...

Wasp could sting pest beetle population

[3 October/Stuff] Scientists said a tiny wasp could stop an Australian beetle chewing through millions of dollars in forestry profits every year. Scion, the Crown Research Institute, have applied to release a parasitoid wasp to control the eucalyptus tortoise beetle. The Environmental Protection Authority would consider the application to introduce the Eadya daenerys wasp which...

A biosecurity team of 4.7 million

[28 September/Rural News] Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, wanted every New Zealander to contribute towards biosecurity as part of the Ko Tatou This Is Us campaign. It was an independent biosecurity brand aimed to connect New Zealanders to help protect the country from pests and diseases. Mr O’Connor said with biosecurity in the spotlight due to...

Only two regions disease-free

[20 September/Rural News] Latest data from MPI indicates that Mycoplasma bovis is currently confirmed to have infected 37 farms. Eight were in the North Island, and 29 in the South Island. Twenty-one of the farms were beef farms and 14 were dairy. Notices of Direction, which are applied to farms where test results are pending...

Fish & Game asks anglers to help avoid M. bovis spread

[20 September/The Country] The latest Fish & Game regulation booklet reminds anglers to do their part to help with the eradication of Mycoplasma bovis. Fish & Game New Zealand South Island Communications Advisor, Richard Cosgrove, said the disease affected people across the country, and everyone had to do their bit to assist in eradicating it....