Posts tagged "MPI"

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...

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...