Posts tagged "Mycoplasma bovis"

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...

Biosecurity workshops for farmers in wake of survey

[2 October/Rural Life] Beef + Lamb New Zealand intend to roll out biosecurity workshops to assist farmers start and improve their on-farm biosecurity plans. More than half of New Zealand’s sheep and beef farmers had made changes to reduce the risk of their stock becoming infected with Mycoplasma bovis. Other changes included increased focus on...

Calf-rearing farm survey next step in ‘M. bovis’ bid

[4 October/Rural Life] A survey of 200 calf-rearing properties started as the next step in the eradication of Mycoplasma bovis. National Controller, Geoff Gwyn, said the Ministry for Primary Industries started contacting owners of the selected properties this week and the test involved a one-off nasal swab on calves. He added the properties selected were...

Bovis fears after wandering cows placed with farmer’s heifers

[1 October/The Country] Federated Farmers Northland President, John Blackwell, said a ho-hum attitude to wandering stock highlighted ignorance around biosecurity. The Northland Council found cows wandering, and placed them in a nearby paddock without telling the property owner. The farmer noticed his own heifers socialising with the lost stock. Mr Blackwell added that was unacceptable...

Rising suicide rate prompts funding call

[20 September/Rural Life] Rural leaders want more support given rising suicide rates. Statistics showed suicide rates had increased for the fourth year in a row. Federated Farmers Chief Executive, Terry Copeland, said New Zealand had yet to see the full impact of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. He emphasised the whole industry needs to rally round,...

Only two regions disease-free

[20 September/Rural News] Latest data from MPI indicates that Mycoplasma bovis is currently confirmed to have infected 37 farms. Eight were in the North Island, and 29 in the South Island. Twenty-one of the farms were beef farms and 14 were dairy. Notices of Direction, which are applied to farms where test results are pending...

Fish & Game asks anglers to help avoid M. bovis spread

[20 September/The Country] The latest Fish & Game regulation booklet reminds anglers to do their part to help with the eradication of Mycoplasma bovis. Fish & Game New Zealand South Island Communications Advisor, Richard Cosgrove, said the disease affected people across the country, and everyone had to do their bit to assist in eradicating it....

Farmers to raise another $4m to support meat export sales

[23 August/Stuff] Sheep and beef farmers will spend an additional $4.1 million per year to market their products to overseas consumers. This is a move to support Beef + Lamb NZ’s Taste Pure Nature origin brand and its Red Meat Story. New Zealand exporters will be able to attach the branding to their packaging and...

PGG Wrightson net profit down, performance strong

[15 August/The Country] PGG Wrightson posted full-year operating EBITDA of $70.2 million, which was an increase on last year’s figure of $64.5 million. Net profit after tax of $18.9 million was down on last year’s $46.3 million. PGG Wrightson Deputy Chairman, Trevor Burt, said the significant increase in EBITDA was pleasing. The company declared a...

Farmers back NAIT changes

[18 August/Rural News] Farmers are backing the amended National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) Act that was passed under urgency by Parliament. DairyNZ Chief Executive, Tim Mackle, said it had become clear that some farmers hadn’t been taking the requirements to record animal movements as seriously as they should have been. He added DairyNZ supported...