Biosecurity

Support for biosecurity levy

[26 March/Rural News] 61 percent of submissions received by DairyNZ on the biosecurity response levy were positive surrounding raising the maximum cap to 3.9 cents/kgMS. 1088 supportive submissions were received. Jim van der Poel, DairyNZ Chair reports that the next step is providing a recommendation to the Ministry for Primary Industries. General support wants DairyNZ...

New online Mycoplasma bovis tool

[25 March/Rural News] A new online dairy tool is helping farmers understand the Mycoplasma bovis risk on their farms. The Dairy Risk assessment tool is an online questionnaire developed by the NZ veterinary group XLVets and is distributed by the NZVA (New Zealand Veterinary Association). NZVA chief veterinary officer Helen Beattie reports that dairy farmers...

Nait a difficult beast but NZ ‘had no chance’ against M. bovis without it

[25 March/Stuff NZ] Only one of 150 farms who had their animal movements checked as part of the Mycoplasma bovis eradication programme had complete and accurate information, indicating how important NAIT is. The National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) programme relies on farmers updating animal movements on and off their properties. Issues with the system...

Avocado-wrecking beetle discovered in New Zealand

[25 March/Stuff NZ] For the first time, the granulate ambrosia beetle has been detected in five Auckland areas in the past month. Biosecurity New Zealand has asked the public to report any sign of the wood-boring beetle which is regarded as a pest overseas. Biosecurity New Zealand is trying to establish whether the beetle has...

$2 levy for beef’s M bovis response

[22 March/Farmers Weekly] Beef farmers look set to pay a $2 per head levy for the Mycoplasma bovis eradication programme as part of a short term measure. Consultation will begin soon on raising the beef producer biosecurity levy from 45c a head. The levy will not apply to cull dairy cows their share of the...

TB free has its end goal in sight

[21 March/Farmers Weekly] Chris Irons, Chairman on Waikato’s Ospri TB committee reports that the programme is getting to the crucial stage of complete eradication of bovine tuberculosis. The programme is heading towards its goals of no disease in livestock by 2026 and from wildlife in 2040. Mr Irons reports that the end is near, and...

More fruit flies found in Northcote

[15 March/Rural News Group] Two more male Queensland fruit flies have been found in Northcote bringing the total to six. One fly was found in Zone A and one in Zone B. Roger Smith, Head of Biosecurity New Zealand announced this means an expansion in Zone A to the bottom of Northcote Point including restrictions...

Exotic insect found in New Zealand, biosecurity risk being assessed

[08 March/The Country] A larva of the poplar sawfly has been found in a trap in Abbotsford, Dunedin by Biosecurity New Zealand. Biosecurity New Zealand have found an established population of the poplar sawfly is in the area and are trying to discover how far it has spread. They are urging the public to come...

Battle against monster wasp nest in Hamurana, Rotorua enters day five

[08 March/The Country] A monster wasp nest in Hamurana, Rotorua entered into its fifth day of extermination. The 2 metre by 2 metre nest is from German waspsc and have a particularly aggressive species of wasps. The nest has been administered with three doses of poison. Chris Brunel, Owner and Operator of Bay Pest Services...

‘M. bovis’ found on three farms

[05 March/Otago Daily Times] Bulk testing from all dairy farms has confirmed Mycoplasma bovis infection on three farm’s according to Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) latest release. All three farms have previous links to this disease, whilst 51 farms will be further investigated as part of routine surveillance. Extra testing for 50 farms which calved...

Third fruit fly found in Northcote on Auckland’s North Shore

[01 March/Stuff] Four Queensland fruit flies have been found on the North Shore, after a third male has been discovered in a trap in Northcote. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) reports they are glad the surveillance is working and that they still have no evidence of an established breeding programme. MPI state that the...

MPI to advise Government on biosecurity funding

[21 February/Stuff NZ] The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) as part of an overhaul of the Biosecurity Act, is reviewing funding streams. Ray Smith, Director General of MPI whilst speaking at the Primary Production Select Committee said the government had asked the ministry to provide advice on the concept of a biosecurity levy. Mr Smith...

Another type of fruit fly found in Auckland

[19 February/Otago Daily Times] A male facialis fruit fly has been caught in a trap in Otara. This fly is a different species to the Queensland fruit fly found in Devonport and has sparked a separate biosecurity investigation. Ray Smith, Director General of the Ministry for Primary Industries said the facialis species is native to...

Second Queensland fruit fly found in Auckland

[21 February/Radio New Zealand] A second male Queensland Fruit fly was found in a trap in Northcote on the North Shore, sparking increased surveillance by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). The first was found in Devonport on 14 February. An area in Northcote is now under Controlled Area Notice which restricts the movement of...

Optimistic report on Mycoplasma bovis response

[18 February /The Country] A report from the Mycloplasma bovis Technical Advisory Group indicates progress is being made in many areas according to the response head Geoff Gwyn. The report provided independent validation that the eradication program is on track and that it remains technically feasible. The report highlights that prevalence and incidence of Mbovis...

Devonport fruit and vegetable restrictions could go on for months if more flies found, MPI says

[18 February /The Country] Discovery of a single male Queensland fruit fly in a surveillance trap last week has resulted in sixty biosecurity staff speaking to locals in the Auckland suburb of Devonport. Restrictions have been placed on a 200m x 200m area in the suburb and could remain in place if more Queensland fruit...

M.bovis alert continues in Tasman as fire fight drags on

[11 February/NZ Herald] Biosecurity officials have offered assurances that they are monitoring cattle under quarantine for risk of spreading Mycoplasma bovis despite taking all steps possible to protect animals and assure their welfare as the Tasman District fires ravage the region. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said three properties involved in the eradication effort...

Dirty farm machinery causes spike in velvetleaf cases

[25 January/Stuff] Dirty farm machinery has been blamed for a significant jump in velvetleaf cases on Waikato farms in the past 12 months. The number of farms found to have the pest weed jumped from 36 at the start of the 2017-18 farming season to 53.  The growth in the Waikato reflects a national trend,...

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...