Posts tagged "MPI"

Mānuka honey fraud: Evergreen Life Ltd handed $260,000 fine for adding synthetics to its product

[28 June/Stuff] Earlier this month, Evergreen Life Ltd pleaded guilty to seven representative charges of selling adulterated honey with intent to deceive for material gain and of selling non-compliant honey. Fourteen tonnes of honey were doctored by the company. On Friday, the company was fined $260,000 and its owner’s son, Jason Lee, was fined $112,500...

Dairy gets $25m genetics boost

[21 June/Farmers Weekly] $25.68 million will go towards lifting the performance and wellbeing of the national dairy herd during a seven year programme dubbed Resilient Dairy which was launched at National Fieldays by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The programme is being led by LIC with investment and support from the Ministry for Primary Industries and...

Mycoplasma bovis: MPI pays $90 million in claims

[26 June/The Country] The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has paid 86 per cent of claims totalling $90 million to date in farmer compensation for Mycoplasma bovis. According to the latest figures from MPI more than 102,000 cattle and cows have been culled in the two years since the M. bovis eradication programme was launched....

Bulk milk tests start in July

[21 June/Farmers Weekly] Ongoing national screening for Mycoplasma bovis through bulk tank milk testing will kick into gear at the start of July. The Ministry for Primary Industries states it will be using the Elisa testing method as it is proven to be a much better screening tool than the PCR test. MPI expects ongoing...

Cattle culls don’t rely on tests

[14 June/Farmers Weekly] Herds with cattle bought from properties confirmed as being infected with Mycoplasma bovis will be culled, regardless of test results, Primary Industries Ministry chief science adviser John Roche reports. More efficient testing is in the pipelines but its several years away. As a consequence in the meantime any herds containing cattle from...

Dairy-beef product could help solve the bobby calf problem, Massey researchers say

[12 June/Stuff NZ] Dairy-beef product ‘New Generation Beef’ could help solve the industry’s bobby calf problem, Massey University researchers report. The potential new product is made by rearing calves which would otherwise have been sent to slaughter at four days old for up to a year. Project leader Nicola Schreurs, from Massey’s School of Agriculture...

Pork imports from disease-affected Poland more than double in a month

[10 June/Stuff NZ] Poland has increased its exports to New Zealand by more than double, just as it has been confirmed pigs on a farm there have been found to have African Swine Fever. In April, Poland exported 307 tonnes to New Zealand up from 159 tonnes a month before. The discovery has alarmed the...

Summerfruit NZ plans big spend for industry growth

[15 May/Rural Life] Summerfruit New Zealand (SNZ) is planning on spending nearly $17 million during the next seven years to help grow the industry and earn money. Two consultation meetings with growers and other industry stakeholders were held in Alexandra and Napier last week to outline “Sensational Summerfruit: A bold plan for growth programme” and...

One billion trees scheme under scrutiny

[24 April/ NZ Herald] The Ministry of Primary Industries plans to review the One Billion Trees programme to ensure it meets the needs of communities across New Zealand. MPI’s Anna Gordon reported the ministry was taking feedback and planned to review the scheme after it had completed 12 months. Farmers raised concerns during a recent...

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...