[15 April/Rural News]

Geoff Gwyn, Mycloplasma bovis response Programme Director spoke in Oamaru last week about the lessons learnt during the response and explained how they will be used in the event of another disease incursion. Mr Gwyn was speaking in Oamaru, as part of a series of farmer and public meetings throughout the country. Eradication of the disease is “never going to be a cast-iron guarantee” but the latest Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report said the programme was on the right track and the group was increasingly confident eradication was achievable. As at April 11, there were 165 confirmed properties, 58 active properties, 107 cleared properties, 112 under notice of direction movement restriction, and 219 under surveillance.