[13 October/ Stuff]

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said sharemilkers and contract milkers who work on Van Leeuwen farms affected Mycoplasma bovis would be compensated for a loss of earnings. The MPI said the Van Leeuwens would be covered for loss of milk collection and replacement of herds if their livestock have to be killed. MPI recently announced the slaughter of 4000 cattle from five disease-infected farms. To receive compensation, farmers had to have property damaged or destroyed, restrictions placed on the movement or disposal of goods which has caused a loss, and the losses had to be verifiable. Farms were not covered if the loss was caused by an unwanted pest or disease and not from MPI powers, if it occurred before the exercise of MPI powers begun, or if a claimant failed to follow biosecurity law.