Posts tagged "MPI"

Improve NAIT reporting or face consequences

[11 March/Rural News] OSPRI warns that the NAIT accounts of farmers will have a closer watch on them, along with NAIT users who choose not to record or confirm their livestock movements. Kevin Forward, Head of NAIT reports that they are currently reconciling historical issues with farmers where movement records are incomplete. Compliance and enforcement...

‘M. bovis’ found on three farms

[05 March/Otago Daily Times] Bulk testing from all dairy farms has confirmed Mycoplasma bovis infection on three farm’s according to Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) latest release. All three farms have previous links to this disease, whilst 51 farms will be further investigated as part of routine surveillance. Extra testing for 50 farms which calved...

Third fruit fly found in Northcote on Auckland’s North Shore

[01 March/Stuff] Four Queensland fruit flies have been found on the North Shore, after a third male has been discovered in a trap in Northcote. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) reports they are glad the surveillance is working and that they still have no evidence of an established breeding programme. MPI state that the...

Another type of fruit fly found in Auckland

[19 February/Otago Daily Times] A male facialis fruit fly has been caught in a trap in Otara. This fly is a different species to the Queensland fruit fly found in Devonport and has sparked a separate biosecurity investigation. Ray Smith, Director General of the Ministry for Primary Industries said the facialis species is native to...

Endorse M. bovis levy or pay more

[26 February/Rural News Group] DairyNZ consultation meetings across the country are encouraging farmers to endorse the Mycoplasma bovis levy of up to 3.9c/kgMS otherwise they could end up paying more and having less say in managing the continuing response to the disease. The proposed is being implemented under the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness...

Second Queensland fruit fly found in Auckland

[21 February/Radio New Zealand] A second male Queensland Fruit fly was found in a trap in Northcote on the North Shore, sparking increased surveillance by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). The first was found in Devonport on 14 February. An area in Northcote is now under Controlled Area Notice which restricts the movement of...

Optimistic report on Mycoplasma bovis response

[18 February /The Country] A report from the Mycloplasma bovis Technical Advisory Group indicates progress is being made in many areas according to the response head Geoff Gwyn. The report provided independent validation that the eradication program is on track and that it remains technically feasible. The report highlights that prevalence and incidence of Mbovis...

Devonport fruit and vegetable restrictions could go on for months if more flies found, MPI says

[18 February /The Country] Discovery of a single male Queensland fruit fly in a surveillance trap last week has resulted in sixty biosecurity staff speaking to locals in the Auckland suburb of Devonport. Restrictions have been placed on a 200m x 200m area in the suburb and could remain in place if more Queensland fruit...

M.bovis alert continues in Tasman as fire fight drags on

[11 February/NZ Herald] Biosecurity officials have offered assurances that they are monitoring cattle under quarantine for risk of spreading Mycoplasma bovis despite taking all steps possible to protect animals and assure their welfare as the Tasman District fires ravage the region. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said three properties involved in the eradication effort...

Dirty farm machinery causes spike in velvetleaf cases

[25 January/Stuff] Dirty farm machinery has been blamed for a significant jump in velvetleaf cases on Waikato farms in the past 12 months. The number of farms found to have the pest weed jumped from 36 at the start of the 2017-18 farming season to 53.  The growth in the Waikato reflects a national trend,...

Calls for ban on live animal exports as Europe moves to tighten rules

[28 January/Stuff] Following the European Union’s decision to implement a ban on live animal exports to countries with weak animal welfare standards, animal rights groups are calling on New Zealand to introduce similar rules. A report recommending tougher rules for transporting live animals was approved last week by the EU Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and...

Federated Farmers: Resources at capacity

[16 January/The Country] Federated Farmers is being forced to prioritise it focuses due to the increase of issues facing rural New Zealand, specifically during the last 12 months. Federated Farmers assist with a broad range of concerns such as rural security, livestock misappropriation, water flows, walking access, new employment laws and staff. The Mycoplasma bovis...

Forest and Bird call for Auckland, Bay of Plenty crayfish fishing ban

[16 December/NZ Herald] Forest & Bird is calling for the wider Hauraki Gulf to Bay of Plenty crayfishing area (known as CRA2) to be closed to all fishing for three years to allow the species sufficient time to start recovering. Forest & Bird Marine Conservation Advocate, Katrina Goddard, said without an urgent end to fishing...

Record-high primary sector exports forecast

[13 December/The Country] Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, expects New Zealand’s primary sector exports are set to reach a record high over the coming year based on figures in the Ministry for Primary Industries’ latest Situation and Outlook report.  The report forecasts a 3.8% increase in export earnings for the year ending June 2019 to $44.3billion...

Farming nutrient programme can be ‘manipulated’ – watchdog

[12 December/Rural Life] The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, has released a report where he provides his assessment over whether Overseer should be used to regulate farmers with respect to water quality. Mr Upton said New Zealand has a major water quality problem associated with nutrient losses from farms and it was time...

Taranaki’s first farm with cattle disease confirmed by MPI

[6 December/Stuff] Taranaki’s first case of the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis has been confirmed by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI). A dairy farm has been designated as the region’s first Restricted Place after test results and animal movements showed a risk of spreading the bacterial disease, said MPIs Mycoplasma bovis director Geoff Gwyn. Further...

Live cattle export operation under way in Port of Timaru

[5 December/Stuff] A ship destined for China, carrying 3700 live cattle, departed the Port of Timaru on Wednesday. The Gloucester Express was carrying a mixture of dairy heifers and pure-bred angus breeding cattle according to the Ministry for Primary Industries. An MPI spokesman commented that exporters are required to meet stringent animal welfare standards prior...

How NZ could cut agriculture emissions by to 10 per cent

[6 December/NZ Herald] Findings from two years of research by the Biological Emissions Reference Group suggest that most people in the agriculture sector want to reduce their emissions to fight climate change but nearly half of farmers don’t know how to go about it. The work looked at the costs and barriers of reducing biological...

‘Unprecedented offending’: Peter Yealands and his former company fined $400k

[11 December/The Country] Yealands Estate Wines has pleaded guilty to ‘unprecedented offending’ under the Wine Act 2003 and has been fined $400,000 for deliberate, deceptive and sustained breaches according to MPI.  The charges relate to parties being complicit in making false statements regarding export eligibility applications and material omissions in wine records relating to the...

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...