[27 October/New Zealand Herald]

Sarah Barr, a Trustee of the South Canterbury Rural Support Trust, said the Mycoplasma bovis cattle culling was an excruciating time for farmers affected at a meeting on Thursday. Ministry Technical Liaison Officer Victoria Barrell said she wanted the ministry to get on with its planned cull of 4000 animals on five farms where M. bovis has been confirmed, to avoid protracting the farmers’ pain. Selected vehicles would transport most of the cattle to meat-processing locations. Animals not fit for transport would be disposed of humanely on the farm. The disease is not a food and safety risk but is a beef and dairy cattle welfare and production disease.