Posts tagged "Mycoplasma bovis"

Milk to be tested nationwide

[12 January/Southland Times] The Ministry for Primary Industries has announced that in response to the Mycoplasma Bovis outbreak in dairy cows milk testing will be conducted nationwide from February.  Milk surveillance has already been commenced in the impacted regions (Southland, Otago and Canterbury) but expanding the programme will provide more information to enable the Ministry...

Damien O’Connor steps up fight against cattle disease with likely Cook Strait travel ban

[15 December/Stuff] Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, has indicated that a ban is likely to be put on cattle being transported across the Cook Strait in an effort to stop the spread of Mycoplasma Bovis. He has also indicated that farmers that have the disease may lose their anonymity. Minister O’Connor said that the...

Mycoplasma bovis – culling continues, MPI quashes ‘stories’

[7 December/ NZ Herald] Cattle culling has continued on the South Canterbury dairy farms infected with Mycoplasma bovis. All cows from the first two farms in the Ministry for Primary Industries’ depopulation programme had been removed for slaughter. After the infected herds had been culled, the farms would be disinfected and go into a stand...

Mycoplasma bovis found on another farm

[15 November/ New Zealand Herald] Mycoplasma bovis has been found on another farm in the South Island. Over four thousand cattle have been culled since the disease was discovered in New Zealand in July. Since its discovery, it has been detected on eight properties in Canterbury and Otago. The Ministry for Primary Industries said one...

Two new farms in South Canterbury suspected of carrying cattle disease

[8 November/Stuff] Mycoplasma bovis may have been detected on two new farms in the Waimate district after suspicious test results. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has placed a Restricted Place Notice over the properties to stop the movement of livestock. Both farms are owned by the Van Leeuwens. The results would be confirmed by...

Mycoplasma bovis cull ‘excruciating time’ for farmers

[27 October/New Zealand Herald] Sarah Barr, a Trustee of the South Canterbury Rural Support Trust, said the Mycoplasma bovis cattle culling was an excruciating time for farmers affected at a meeting on Thursday. Ministry Technical Liaison Officer Victoria Barrell said she wanted the ministry to get on with its planned cull of 4000 animals on...

Confidence outbreak contained

[17 August/Otago Daily Times] Ministry for Primary Industries officials have updated farmers in South Canterbury on the Mycoplasma Bovis outbreak, which was detected on two Van Leeuwen Dairy Group farms near Waimate in July. It was the first detection of the disease in New Zealand although it is present in many other regions around the...

MPI says number of farms hit by cattle disease stays at two

[7 August/ NZ Herald] The Ministry for Primary Industries said it would take two to three months of testing before the two South Canterbury farms infected with Mycoplasma bovis could be declared free of the cattle disease. MPI said the two infected farms belonged to the Van Leeuwen Dairy Group. MPI’s Response Incident Controller Eve...

Nathan Guy appeals for calm after cattle disease outbreak

[26 July/ NZ Herald] Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy has appealed for calm as the Ministry for Primary Industries seeks to contain a mycoplasma bovis outbreak in South Canterbury. Mr Guy said the Glenavy farm is on lockdown and further testing is being performed. The disease is commonly found in cattle globally but has...

Milk testing for tankers to stop cattle disease spread

[1 August/ Radio NZ] Bulk milk tests will be performed on tankers nationally to assess if the cattle disease, mycoplasma bovis, outbreak has spread further than South Canterbury. The disease was found on two separate properties owned by the Van Leeuwen Dairy Group in South Canterbury, who have 16 farms in the area. Ministry for...

Federated Farmers push for infected cows to be killed

[28 July/ Stuff] Federated Farmers is supporting calls for the 150 dairy cows clinically diagnosed with the disease Mycoplasma bovis on a South Canterbury farm to be put down due to the high risk of passing the disease to other cows. Vice-president Andrew Hoggard said there is no recovery or cure to the disease. Mycoplasma...

Cow disease found in dairy herd for first time in New Zealand

[25 July/ Stuff] 14 cows have been discovered on a dairy farm with the Mycoplasma bovis infection, a highly contagious cattle disease. About 150 cows on the property have clinical signs that indicate infection. MPI Director of Response Geoff Gwyn said the disease did not infect humans and presented no food safety risk. This is...