Posts tagged "Mycoplasma bovis"

Independent report to focus on Mycoplasma bovis surge

[07 May/The Country] An independent report has been commissioned to look at the causes and effects of the recent Mycoplasma bovis eradication programme surge. The report will also suggest further improvements, with the report being released to farmers. The Ministry for Primary Industries last month announced that there were 300 farms considered high-risk, with around...

Bovis restrictions on more farms

[18 April/Farmers weekly] More farms than usual will be put under restrictions over winter as part of the Mycoplasma bovis eradication programme.  M bovis Programme Director Geoff Gwyn reported increasing activity in the lead-up to winter stock movements will help control disease spread and give farmers as much certainty as possible heading into the busy...

Farmers face hefty penalties for flouting NAIT rules

[16 April / Stuff NZ] Farmers will face a maximum penalty of $100,000 and corporates $200,000 for not complying with the animal tracing system, NAIT. Wairarapa dairy farmer John Stevenson agrees with the action and states that it is needed to protect the future of the dairy industry. The new fines were announced by Agriculture...

Lessons learned: MPI holds public meeting with farmers

[15 April/Rural News] Geoff Gwyn, Mycloplasma bovis response Programme Director spoke in Oamaru last week about the lessons learnt during the response and explained how they will be used in the event of another disease incursion. Mr Gwyn was speaking in Oamaru, as part of a series of farmer and public meetings throughout the country....

NAIT registration draws interest at Central Districts Field Days

[11 April/The Country] Several hundred farmers updated their NAIT details at the OSPRI stall at the Central Districts Field Days. Mr Watson, a lifestyle farmer updated his details and reported that other farmers should do the same especially after the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. The M. bovis outbreak was made easier to track due to the...

National plan for Mycoplasma bovis focused on eradication and support

[05 April/The Country] The Ministry for Primary Industries, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand released a 2019 Mycoplasma bovis National Plan to farmers which is designed to support farmers. The plan sets out three goals, eradication, and reduction of impact of the disease and to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system. On Friday, MPI hare...

World is watching New Zealand: Mycoplasma bovis expert

[04 April/Stuff NZ] It has been reported that the world is watching New Zealand on the way it attempts to control and eliminate the Mycoplasma bovis (M.bovis) problem reports mycoplasma consultant Dr Roger Ayling. M.bovis was first detected in New Zealand in July 2017 and New Zealand has taken a swift approach to dealing with...

‘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...

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...

Pāmu lifts half-year profit

[15 February /Rural News Group] State-owned farming company Pāmu, also known as Landcorp Farming, has declared a net profit of $29 million for the six months to 31 December 2018. This compares to $21 million for the same period last year. Chief executive Steven Carden said that the increased half year profit was a pleasing...

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...

M. bovis costs to add 3.9c/kgMS to levy

[12 February/Dairy News] The cost of the response to Mycoplasma Bovis to dairy farmers have been revealted, with DairyNZ announcing it is asking farmers to approve a levy of up to 3.9 cents/kg milksolids over the next two seasons to pay their share of the eradication effort. With DairyNZ’s regular levy now 3.6c/kgMS, the proposal...

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...

Researchers to study human impact of Mycoplasma bovis

[21 January/Radio NZ] The emotional, social and psychological impacts of Mycoplasma bovis on farmers and farming communities will be studied by the University of Otago. The project’s lead researcher, Fiona Doolan-Noble, said that the two-year study will look at the impact of the eradication programme on farmers directly, and the wider community more generally. For...

Government believes Mycoplasma bovis can be eradicated

[17 December/The Country] The Government remains confident that the cattle disease, Mycoplasma bovis can be eradicated in New Zealand, which would be a world first if successful. Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, spoke alongside Jacinda Ardern at the Prime Minister’s post-Cabinet press conference. The Government announced a massive response in May after the disease was detected...

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...

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...

Dairy cow numbers rise by 2.7 per cent in latest numbers

[November 26/Stuff] Dairy cow numbers in New Zealand have increased 2.7 per cent on the 2016-17 year to total 4.99 million. Statistics for 2017-18 show the amount of milk processed remained largely static at 20.7 billion litres. Milk solid production continued its downward trend over the past three years, easing to 1.84m kilograms from 1.85...

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...

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...

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...

Farmers urged to have their say on changes to animal tracing system

[30 October/Stuff] Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, has opened a consultation round on proposed improvements to the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme.  The Minister said that the scheme should have worked better during the initial stages of the Mycoplasma Bovis response, adding that he determined to make changes to the scheme to make it...

Recovery package to get farmers hit by cattle disease back on their feet faster

[9 October/Stuff] Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, and Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, announced a recovery package to help farmers get back to business faster after being cleared of Mycoplasma bovis. The package would give access to assistance with compensation claims, online tools, and extra support from the Rural Support Trust. The compensation team was made up...

Concern for Canterbury farmers suffering anxiety or depression

[11 October/Stuff] Concerns for farmers and others in rural Canterbury mounted due to years of drought, earthquakes and the recent Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. Rural Canterbury Primary Health Organisation Consultant, Paul Wynards, said farmers were worried about Mycoplasma bovis because of the uncertainty as to when it may hit them. In 2016-2017, 22 farmers committed suicide...