Posts tagged "Mycoplasma bovis"

Farmers face levy hike to cover cost of cattle disease

[25 July/Stuff] MPI has announced a further two farms have been infected with Mycoplasma bovis. Farmers face the prospect of a higher industry levy to help pay for eradication costs. The farms were linked to other known infected properties through animal movements. Negotiations continued over the question of how much dairy farmers would pay compared...

New round of testing to begin for ‘M. bovis’

[18 July/Rural Life] The Ministry for Primary Industries will carry out a second round of milk testing nationwide to test for Mycoplasma bovis. Under the programme, milk samples from every dairy farm in New Zealand would be taken shortly after the start of calving. Samples would be collected around four weeks following the start of...

M. bovis hits more beef than dairy

[24 July/Dairy News] According to the Ministry for Primary Industries, more beef than dairy farms are infected with Mycoplasma bovis. An update showed 40 properties as being infected. Of these farms, 20 were beef farms, 17 were dairy farms and 3 were marked as other. It was originally detected in the dairy sector, but affected...

North Canterbury dairy farm infected

[11 July/Stuff] A North Canterbury dairy farm was confirmed as being infected with Mycoplasma bovis. According to the Ministry for Primary Industries, it was connected through animal movements to other infected farms. So far, around 28,000 out of the expected 150,000 animals had been culled in an attempt to get rid of the disease. The...

Farmer confidence ‘hanging in the balance’ amid M. bovis concerns

[5 July/NBR] According to a Rabobank survey, the impacts of Mycoplasma bovis were the main reason for a 100 percent rise in the number of farmers who expected the rural economy to worsen. Rabobank New Zealand General Manager for Country Banking, Hayley Gourley, said confidence was hanging in the balance with the number of farmers...

More M. bovis disclosure wanted – Whanganui farmers

[26 June/The Country] Farmers want to know whether their neighbours have the Mycoplasma bovis disease, however the Ministry for Primary Industries has been avoiding outing infected farms to the public. Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, said it would now directly inform the neighbours of infected or high risk farms. It would also list the NAIT numbers...

Falling global supply growth sets tone for strong 18/19 dairy season

[22 June/Rabobank] According to Rabobank’s Dairy Quarterly report, supply growth stalled across the major dairy regions in recent months. A New Zealand milk price of $6.80 was now within reach according to the report. The bank said that with milk supply growth out of Europe and the U.S. failing to meet market expectations, global farmgate...

Mycoplasma bovis: Four of 10 experts recommended managing disease

[25 June/Radio NZ] A panel of experts that was set up to advise the Government on Mycoplasma bovis has provided more details on its six to four vote in favour of eradication over management. The option of culling infected animals and using continual testing to work towards eradication was chosen out of four options. Six...

Four more M bovis farms confirmed

[25 June/Stuff] Four more South Island sheep and beef farms had been confirmed as being infected with Mycoplasma bovis taking the total infected properties to over 50. The farms were in Tapanui, Invercargill, Waimate and Darfield. The Ministry for Primary Industries said 53 farms had been confirmed with Mycoplasma bovis, with 11 of the farms...

Joint operation to check NAIT compliance

[22 June/Rural Life] Knowledge of the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) system has increased due to the Mycoplasma bovis response, however some farmers continued to break the rules. Compliance Investigations Manager, Gary Orr, said the Ministry for Primary Industries and NAIT had been running joint operations across the country to check compliance. The disease...

Federated Farmers asks rural school to ban calves

[22 June/The Country] Traditional pet days at rural schools could be banned until the threat of Mycoplasma bovis is removed. Federated Farmers is asking schools to exclude all breeds of calves from their 2018 Ag Day programmes to reduce the risk of infection being transmitted between calves being transported to schools. Lambs, goats and other...

Government policy to be rural-proofed

[13 June/Farmers Weekly] Rural communities would be at the heart of all Government decision making under a new Rural Proofing policy. Minister for Rural Communities, Damien O’Connor, said those living in rural communities could enjoy excellent lifestyles but they faced unique challenged that needed to be reflected in Government policy. He added this year alone...

Record spend predicted for New Zealand National Fieldays 2018

[10 June/Stuff] Forecast milk payouts and high commodity prices meant spending could be up 10 percent on last year. Waikato University Economics Professor, Framk Scrimgeour, said Fieldays 2017 recorded peak attendance after some lean years in the dairy sector, and the economic impact was a record. He expected another large event this year. He added...

Economists concerned by risk of mycoplasma bovis

[7 June/The Country] According to economists, economic risks associated with Mycoplasma bovis were rising. Last week, the eradication attempt was announced at a cost of $886 million, and the slaughter of 126,000 cattle. BNZ Senior Economist, Doug Steel, said there was more to it than just the initial impact on production from culling cows. Costs...

More farmers feeling financial pressure from banks

[5 June/NBR] Even with improved dairy market conditions, more farmers were falling under undue pressure from their banks. Federated Farmers Vice-President, Andrew Hoggard, said confidence and satisfaction with banks remained reasonably high, and thought non-financial pressures were also impacting farmers. He cited government climate change policies and the emerging risk of Mycoplasma bovis as factors...

Lots of challenges for chief executive

[7 June/Rural Life] New Zealand Young Farmers Chief Executive, Terry Copeland, is set to take over as Federated Farmers’ new boss next month and admitted dealing with the ongoing impact of Mycoplasma bovis would be difficult. He said he was looking forward to his new challenge. He added he had a real passion for mental...

Envoy recommends eradication

[11 June/Otago Daily Times] New Zealand special agricultural trade envoy, Mike Petersen, said Mycoplasma bovis was more serious than reports had so far indicated. He said in Europe it was a difficult disease with impacts on farms, and could be fatal for some livestock. He believed the decision to eradicate the disease was the right...

M bovis count adds up to Wairarapa farm infection

[7 June/Radio NZ] A sheep and beef farm in Wairarapa tested positive for the devastating cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis. MPI unit, Biosecurity New Zealand, said the farm near Masterton was located through the tracing of animal movements from other affected farms. The property was under legal controls which restricted the movement of animals and other...

ANZ offers M. bovis assistance package

 [1 June/Dairy News] ANZ said it would provide an assistance package to help Mycoplasma-bovis affected cattle farmers. It is in response the Government’s announcement stating it would work with farming sector leaders to eradicate the disease. The package would help farmers meet their short term cash flow requirements. ANZ Bank’s Managing Director Commercial and Agri,...

Greater food safety reassurance needed over M bovis – exporter

[31 May/Radio NZ] New Image Group Founder, Graeme Clegg, said he had been fielding concerned calls about his infant formula from around the world about Mycoplasma bovis. Around 150,000 cattle will be culled as part of the eradication programme. Mycoplasma bovis can cause lameness, abortions and mastitis in cows, but there is no risk to...

Mental health fears for farmers over mass cow cull

[29 May/Radio NZ] Experts are warning that the bid to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis outbreak could have disastrous knock-on effects on farmers mental health. The Government announced it was committed to eradicating the illness with a ten year plan that would cost around $886 million. Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said they had one shot at eliminating...

Between the devil and the deep: D-day for Mycoplasma bovis call

[28 May/NZ Herald] Mycoplasma bovis’ first New Zealand victim, Aad van Leeuwen said overseas dairy rivals were laughing as the Government killed New Zealand’s cows in an overreaction to the discovery of the disease. Reports suggest the potential cost to control the disease would be around $1 billion. Mycoplasma bovis was an animal welfare issue...

Solution for M bovis goes down to wire, expected to cost $1b

[25 May/Radio NZ] Regardless of the chosen solution, Mycoplasma bovis is expected to cost around $1 billion. Industry leaders have been discussing issues with the government which would form the basis of the paper that would go to Cabinet. Federated Farmers President, Katie Milne, said they were nearing consensus around what to do with the...

Infected farm’s use of distant vet concerns

[25 May/Rural Life] The New Zealand Veterinary Association expressed concern over the use of distance veterinary services in light of news the farm at the centre of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak was using a vet clinic 1,600km away. Vets on Waiheke Manager, Stephen Gilmore, confirmed they were the vets responsible for the Zeestraten herd. NZVA...