Posts tagged "Ministry for Primary Industries"

M. bovis hits more beef than dairy

[24 July/Dairy News] According to the Ministry for Primary Industries, more beef than dairy farms are infected with Mycoplasma bovis. An update showed 40 properties as being infected. Of these farms, 20 were beef farms, 17 were dairy farms and 3 were marked as other. It was originally detected in the dairy sector, but affected...

Forestry industry told to grow, instead of cut trees for profit

[23 July/Radio NZ] The forestry industry has been told to rely on growing trees to capture carbon dioxide instead of cutting them for timber to earn money from forests on steep hillsides. The industry said this would be uneconomic as profits would drop. The Ministry for Primary Industries made the recommendation following controversy over the...

North Canterbury dairy farm infected

[11 July/Stuff] A North Canterbury dairy farm was confirmed as being infected with Mycoplasma bovis. According to the Ministry for Primary Industries, it was connected through animal movements to other infected farms. So far, around 28,000 out of the expected 150,000 animals had been culled in an attempt to get rid of the disease. The...

Wool summit to seek to offer answers for future

[14 July/Rural Life] A summit hosted by the Ministry for Primary Industries aimed to offer innovative solutions for the future of the wool industry. Prince Charles had sent a message of support to be read at the event. Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, said the industry had struggled to achieve unity, a common vision and strategic...

Infected farm’s use of distant vet concerns

[25 May/Rural Life] The New Zealand Veterinary Association expressed concern over the use of distance veterinary services in light of news the farm at the centre of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak was using a vet clinic 1,600km away. Vets on Waiheke Manager, Stephen Gilmore, confirmed they were the vets responsible for the Zeestraten herd. NZVA...

MPI will face ‘don’t give a damn’ attitude on M. Bovis, farmer says

[28 May/NZ Herald] The Ministry for Primary Industries will get a don’t give a damn attitude from some farmers as it attempts to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis according to a Southland farmer, following the Government’s announcement of an eradication strategy. Lumsden Farmer, Ben Walling, said he thought it was the right call to attempt to eradicate...

Organic producers call for national standard

[20 May/Radio NZ] Organic producers, importers and consumers met with the Ministry for Primary Industries to discuss whether New Zealand needed a national standard for organic products. Of the 25 countries who trade organically, New Zealand and Australia are the only two that don’t have a national standard to ensure products are organic. The Wellington...

First case of cattle disease in North Canterbury found

[9 May/Radio NZ] Mycoplasma bovis was found on a North Canterbury farm, which brought the total number of properties with the disease up to 36. Ministry for Primary Industries Spokesperson, Catherine Duthie, said it was identified through the tracing of animals from known infected farms. She added it did not mean the disease was spreading,...

‘Mycoplasma bovis’ cases still rising

[3 May/Rural Life] In the latest update, the Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed there were 37 farms with the Mycoplasma bovis disease. However, the current number stood at 32 because of recent cullings. There is one North Island location in the Hawke’s Bay. Fifty two properties were under movement restrictions. The update said that the...

Primary council to realise vision

[30 April/Farmers Weekly] The Government’s recently appointed Primary Sector Council will give it advice on the future direction of the primary sector. Agriculture and Rural Communities Minister, Damien O’Connor, said each sector would work with the council to address strengths, weaknesses and challenges. The council was designed to provide a shared vision of the direction...

Government launches new biosecurity intelligence unit

[30 April/Stuff] The Ministry for Primary Industries has unveiled its future-focused biosecurity intelligence squad. The early waning squad was still in development but would work closely with its Australian counterparts. Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, said intelligence would be shared with both Australia and industry sectors. Mr O’Connor said the unit would use smarter technology and...

MPI reassures farmers it is working as fast as possible to process cattle disease compo claims

[16 April/NZ Farmer] Thirty properties have tested positive for Mycoplasma bovis and last month the Ministry for Primary Industries decided to cull 22,000 cattle from them. The MPI reassured those farms that they were moving as fast as possible to process compensation claims. MPI Director of Response, Geoff Gywn, said they were yet to receive...

Tests show beef sector so far free of serious disease affecting dairy animals

[1 April/NZ Herald] New Zealand’s beef export sector appeared to be free of Mycoplasma bovis. The Ministry for Primary Industries said there were no positive results from the testing of animals. An MPI spokeswoman said the risk of Mycoplasma bovis was different due to how beef is raised in New Zealand. She added that they...

Primary sector export returns tipped to rise by 10 per cent to $42.4 billion

[19 March/Stuff] Export returns from farms, orchards, forests and fishing are expected to hit a new record of $42.4 billion by the end of June . According to the Ministry for Primary Industries, this would be a 10.8 percent increase and that its forecast reflected a recovery in dairy prices over the past 12-18 months,...

New Zealand pork soon to be on Australian tables

[6 March/NZ Farmer] According to New Zealand Pork Chairman, Ian Carter, New Zealand Pork will soon be sold in Australia for the first time in a niche market. He noted that the amount the industry hoped to sell depended on how successfully exporting companies took up the opportunity. Pork exports are limited to few markets...

Fourth stink bug infested ship ordered from NZ

[28 February/Radio NZ] A fourth Japanese ship has been turned away from New Zealand for having the brown marmorated stink bug on board. Six hundred of the bugs were found on the Glovis Caravel while the ship was anchored near Auckland. The Ministry for Primary Industries said the risk was too high for the ship...

Travellers win with plans to cut New Zealand Border Clearance Levy

[4 February/ NZ Herald] The boarder travel tax charges imposed in 2016 to help pay for Customs and Ministry for Primary Industries inspections are to be reduced, which the government is arguing is good news for travellers. The Border Clearance Levy paid by air travellers is to drop by nearly $3, and for cruise passengers...

Middlemarch property positive for Mycoplasma bovis

[6 February/NZ Herald] A property in Middlemarch in Otago has been identified as having tested positive for the Mycoplasma bovis cattle disease, the 21st property to have been detected with the disease.  In addition there are 34 properties that are under restricted place notices.  The Ministry for Primary Industries reiterated that all detections are still...

Fishing for the truth about penguins and dolphins snared in nets

[16 January/Stuff Environment] Forest and Bird have obtained a copy of a letter sent by a number of New Zealand’s commercial fishing organisations under the Official Information Act that asks the Ministry for Primary Industries to restrict access to video images that will be captured by electronic monitoring aboard fishing vessels.  Forest and Bird claim...

MPI escapes the knife

[19 December/Rural News] Labour has reviewed its initial plan to split the Ministry for Primary Industries into a series of separate agencies for Fisheries, Forestry, Biosecurity and Food Safety instead looking to undertake a reorganisation to create a series of portfolio entities for these activities under the MPI umbrella. Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, notes that...

Mycoplasma bovis – culling continues, MPI quashes ‘stories’

[7 December/ NZ Herald] Cattle culling has continued on the South Canterbury dairy farms infected with Mycoplasma bovis. All cows from the first two farms in the Ministry for Primary Industries’ depopulation programme had been removed for slaughter. After the infected herds had been culled, the farms would be disinfected and go into a stand...

Mycoplasma bovis found on another farm

[15 November/ New Zealand Herald] Mycoplasma bovis has been found on another farm in the South Island. Over four thousand cattle have been culled since the disease was discovered in New Zealand in July. Since its discovery, it has been detected on eight properties in Canterbury and Otago. The Ministry for Primary Industries said one...

Fightback against wildings picks up pace

[21 November/Stuff] Farmers, local communities and agencies of the Central Otago region have teamed up to tackle the expansion of the prolific weed wilding conifers. The national programme is led by the Ministry for Primary Industries and has support from a variety of agencies including Land Information New Zealand, the Department of Conservation, the New...

Big ag shakeup

[10 November/ Farmers Weekly] Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said significant changes would be made to the Ministry for Primary Industries after the Government declared the super ministry, created by the previous National government in 2012, was not fit for purpose. The Labour-led Government have decided to separate aspects of the primary sector into special-purpose bodies....