Posts tagged "MPI"

Charges laid after cows beaten with pipe

[4 December/Stuff] Six charges have been laid after hidden camera footage showed a Northland farmer beating cows with a pipe and other implements. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has filed charges against one person after receiving the footage. The footage drew swift criticism from industry leaders, including Federated Farmers animal welfare spokesman Chris Lewis....

MPI begins mandatory review of Walking Access Act

[30 November 2018/NZ Herald] The Ministry for Primary Industries has begun a review of the Walking Access Act 2008 to assess whether it still provides the access needed to New Zealand’s land, bush, mountains, rivers, coasts, and areas of cultural significance. MPI will meet with stakeholders in December 2018 to do some early scoping, and...

Potato virus here to stay

[4 December/Rural News] Potatoes New Zealand Chief Executive, Chris Claridge, said the decision to keep the potato mop top virus (PMTV) in New Zealand may be in the best interests the industry in the long term. He said technical experts have indicated that they don’t believe it is technically feasible to eradicate the PMTV, but...

Farmed animal antibiotic sales up but the nasties for humans down

[28 November 2018/NZ Herald] A new report from the Ministry for Primary industries on New Zealand sales of antibiotics for animals and plants that ultimately affect human health provides mixed news on progress on managing the use of these drugs. The report indicates that antibiotic sales via veterinary medicines and agricultural chemicals rose 8 per...

Two new North Island Mycoplasma bovis farms confirmed

[27 November/Stuff] Two North Island dry-stock beef farms, have been confirmed as infected with Mycoplasma bovis. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said it had been monitoring the two farms in Manawatu and Wairarapa, which already had animal restrictions in place. The number of infected properties stands at 33, with 42 properties cleared of the...

Shortage of vets a cause for concern for rural and urban areas

[18 November/Stuff] A national shortage of vets has New Zealand’s rural sector on high alert. Rural veterinary practices are finding it tough to fill vacant roles, impacting the availability of services to farmers and in MPI’s view putting biosecurity surveillance at risk. Miles Anderson, Federated Farmers meat and wool industry group chair, noted that a...

M. bovis confirmed on Waikato and Manawatū farms

[16 November/The Country] Two dry-stock farms, one in the Waikato region and one in the Manawatū, have this week been confirmed as infected with Mycoplasma bovis. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said the farms were both connected to previously identified Infected Properties (IPs) through animal movements. MPI said there were 36 IPs with 42...

Government gets tough over Nait, fines 80 farmers

[16 November/Stuff] In the last few months 80 infringement notices have been handed out by MPI relating to farmers compliance with the National Animal Identification and Traceability system.  One fine was for unregistered animals, however most were for not correctly recording livestock movements. Federated Farmers dairy group chairman Chris Lewis welcomed the news, saying it...

MPI ‘on the right track’ in plan to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis cattle disease from New Zealand

[5 November/NZ Farmer] MPI believe that they will know by early December whether they are on the right track to eliminate Mycoplasma bovis when the latest round of bulk milk testing will be completed and the results analysed by a team of international experts. There are currently 33 infected properties and 42 properties which MPI...

Potato virus no threat to chip supply

[11 October/Stuff] Testing for the potato mop-top virus has been extended, however there would still be enough chips for the summer. It was discovered in potatoes grown in Canterbury last month. Potatoes New Zealand and Biosecurity New Zealand said 18 farms in the region had been added to the suspect list. Potatoes New Zealand said...

Only two regions disease-free

[20 September/Rural News] Latest data from MPI indicates that Mycoplasma bovis is currently confirmed to have infected 37 farms. Eight were in the North Island, and 29 in the South Island. Twenty-one of the farms were beef farms and 14 were dairy. Notices of Direction, which are applied to farms where test results are pending...

Taxpayer costs for kiwifruit claim trial balloon out to $6m

[17 September/Stuff] Taxpayers had spent $6 million on defending the kiwifruit claim case. It was the most expensive primary sector court case on record. Growers had claimed the Ministry for Primary Industries were negligent in allowing the Psa disease into the country in 2010 and are claiming more than $450 million in compensation. MPI wanted...

MPI confirms no Australian contaminated strawberries in NZ

[17 September/Stuff] MPI confirmed that none of the strawberries that were part of the needle contamination scare in Australia were on New Zealand shelves. MPI’s Manager of Compliance Investigations, Gary Orr, said the Australian authorities tracked export orders for strawberries and confirmed none were imported by New Zealand. Countdown and Foodstuffs decided to not import...

Tegel won’t be prosecuted over footage of dead and deformed chickens

[10 September/The Country] Footage inside one of Tegel’s farms showing dead and deformed chicken will not result in the company being prosecuted. Advocacy group, Direct Animal Action, captured the footage during two visits to a farm near Hellensville. It found dead chickens, lame chickens, cannibalised chickens, chickens lying down unable to get up, and deformed...

Five-day relief for fruit growers

[24 August/Rural News] The court ordered a five day relief to nurseries and orchardists that faced losing tens of thousands of apple and stonefruit plants imported from the U.S. It meant the Ministry for Primary Industries would need to re-engage with the orchardists and nurseries. Justice Francis Cooke said he found the Ministry applied the...

Five Star Beef notified of 44 suspected cases of Mycoplasma bovis on feedlot

[23 August/Stuff] New Zealand’s largest beef farming operation, Five Star Beef, has been served a notice that 44 of its 16,000 cattle could have Mycoplasma bovis. The feedlot currently houses around 16,000 cattle but has resource consent for up to 19,000 cattle. They live in pens for two to eight months before being sent to...

‘Whistle-blowers’ in animal abuse cases need protection – SAFE

[17 August/Radio NZ] SAFE is seeking to have whistle-blowers protected after they lodge animal abuse complaints. It said some farm workers had received death threats due to reporting animal abuse, and they had no confidence in the Ministry for Primary Industries. SAFE’s Chief Executive, Debra Ashton, said whistle-blowers were vital in preventing animal abuse on...

One billion trees achievable but challenging, says Forest Owners Association

[14 August/NZ Herald] The Forest Owners Association has welcomed the announcement by Forestry Minister, Shane Jones, that $240 million from the Provincial Growth Fund will be allocated to get more trees in the ground under the One Billion Trees Programme.  The Association’s CEO, David Rhodes, urged caution noting that while one billion trees is possible...

Animal welfare minister ‘disturbed’ by new abuse case

[28 June/The Country] According to Associate Agriculture Minister, Meka Whaitiri, footage of a farmer violently hitting cows was disturbing. She said more animal welfare inspectors were a priority for the government. She emphasised that any bad treatment of animals, regardless of the reason, was not acceptable. She added the Ministry for Primary Industries was investigating...

Growers claim win in Psa case

[2 July/Farmers Weekly] A High Court decision has upheld claims made by a group of kiwifruit growers’ that Crown negligence caused losses as a result of the Psa outbreak.  The decision could leave the Government exposed to a large compensation bill; growers that joined the claim have sought over $400 million in compensation. The ruling...

More M. bovis disclosure wanted – Whanganui farmers

[26 June/The Country] Farmers want to know whether their neighbours have the Mycoplasma bovis disease, however the Ministry for Primary Industries has been avoiding outing infected farms to the public. Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, said it would now directly inform the neighbours of infected or high risk farms. It would also list the NAIT numbers...

Fruit, vege growers set to vote on commodity levy

[20 June/Rural Life] Horticulture growers are being consulted about their support for the continuation of a levy to fund Horticulture New Zealand and its work. If more than 50 percent of growers vote in favour, an application would be made to the Ministry for Primary Industries for a new Commodity Levy Order. There would be...

Hidden footage shows cows abused, hit in milking shed

[28 June/NZ Herald] Footage that showed a Northland farmer violently and repeatedly hitting cows with weapons had been given to the Ministry for Primary Industries who investigated the claims, but the inquiry was dropped due to lack of evidence. Advocacy group, Farmwatch, has subsequently gathered further evidence, which it has now passed to MPI and...

NZ’s organic sector worth $600m

[21 June/NZ Herald] New Zealand’s organic sector grew 30 percent over the past two years to an estimated value of $600 million according to the newly released Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ) market report. The organic sector’s value lifted to $600 million in 2017 from $467 million 2015. Over that time, the value of organic...