Posts tagged "Mycoplasma bovis"

M bovis farm test times cut

[30 August/Farmers Weekly] On-farm sampling for Mycoplasma bovis is about to become a lot less stressful for farmers due to changes in protocols and interpretation of results, helping to cut the many farms spend under active surveillance and notices of direction. Sampling criteria has now been refined by scientists, simplifying the process. Only one round...

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...

As Moving Day looms, nearly 8000 dairy farms yet to re-register for NAIT

[27 May/The Country] Nearly 8000 dairy farms are yet to re-register for the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme, with Moving Day being June 1. Federated Farmers dairy chairman Chris Lewis said OSPRI call centre staff were grappling with significant backlogs, and poor rural broadband was also hindering the process along with a minority...

MPI issues more than 60 M. bovis notices of direction ahead of Gypsy Day

[26 May/Stuff NZ] The number of farms placed under a Notice of Direction Mycoplasma bovis response has soared in the last month as the Ministry of Primary Industries deals with a backlog of cases.  It was reported that this month more than 60 farmers have been issued a Notice of Direction, and, if those farmers...

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...