Posts tagged "Mycoplasma bovis"

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...

MPI will face ‘don’t give a damn’ attitude on M. Bovis, farmer says

[28 May/NZ Herald] The Ministry for Primary Industries will get a don’t give a damn attitude from some farmers as it attempts to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis according to a Southland farmer, following the Government’s announcement of an eradication strategy. Lumsden Farmer, Ben Walling, said he thought it was the right call to attempt to eradicate...

Long term decision on cattle disease eradication planned in next seven days

[21 May/Stuff] Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met with Waikato farming leaders and will decide within the next week which direction to take to stop the spread of Mycoplasma bovis. The disease has been found in 38 farms. The disease was a blow to Waikato farmers, and Ms Ardern wanted to hear firsthand from those impacted...

Budget gets tick

[21 May/Farmers Weekly] The primary sector saw some gains in the Government’s first budget, with science, research and forestry being the biggest increases. Federated Farmers Vice President, Andrew Hoggard, said the $85 million allocated to Mycoplasma bovis may not be enough. National’s Agriculture Spokesman, Nathan Guy, said the amount allocated to biosecurity was half of...

Stuff Decision Bad for Primary Industries

[18 May/NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists & Communicators] Stuff recently decided to close its nationwide portfolio of farming publications. It was bad news for staff affected, the primary industries and the public according to President of the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists, Elaine Fisher. She said the closure affects the jobs of 12 of...

Carter steps down early as NZ Pork chairman

[15 May/The Country] New Zealand Pork Chairman, Ian Carter, has stepped down before the end of his tenure and said the direction some in the industry wanted to take was not one he felt comfortable steering. He added the job was initially very satisfying but the world had changed dramatically and the need to understand...

First case of cattle disease in North Canterbury found

[9 May/Radio NZ] Mycoplasma bovis was found on a North Canterbury farm, which brought the total number of properties with the disease up to 36. Ministry for Primary Industries Spokesperson, Catherine Duthie, said it was identified through the tracing of animals from known infected farms. She added it did not mean the disease was spreading,...

‘Mycoplasma bovis’ cases still rising

[3 May/Rural Life] In the latest update, the Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed there were 37 farms with the Mycoplasma bovis disease. However, the current number stood at 32 because of recent cullings. There is one North Island location in the Hawke’s Bay. Fifty two properties were under movement restrictions. The update said that the...

M bovis battle: Govt risks ‘burying’ biosecurity problems

[4 May/Radio NZ] Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, wants farmers to pay 40 percent of the $1 billion cost of eradicating Mycoplasma bovis, however National said it was well outside the agreed GIA framework. National Party Agricultural Spokesperson, Nathan Guy, leaked details of the expected costs of different options to deal with the disease, and accused...

Farm sales dip in March quarter

[24 April/Rural Life] Farm sales for the March quarter fell 11 percent with 50 fewer sales than the same period last year. The spread of Mycoplasma bovis had an effect on sales in some regions. Arable was down almost 41 percent and grazing was down almost 37 percent according to Real Estate Institute of New...

Government launches new biosecurity intelligence unit

[30 April/Stuff] The Ministry for Primary Industries has unveiled its future-focused biosecurity intelligence squad. The early waning squad was still in development but would work closely with its Australian counterparts. Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, said intelligence would be shared with both Australia and industry sectors. Mr O’Connor said the unit would use smarter technology and...

MPI reassures farmers it is working as fast as possible to process cattle disease compo claims

[16 April/NZ Farmer] Thirty properties have tested positive for Mycoplasma bovis and last month the Ministry for Primary Industries decided to cull 22,000 cattle from them. The MPI reassured those farms that they were moving as fast as possible to process compensation claims. MPI Director of Response, Geoff Gywn, said they were yet to receive...

Hope new govt programme stops spread of mycoplasma bovis

[9 April/The Country] Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor announced an initiative in March to track cattle movements across the Cook Strait to prevent the spread of Mycoplasma bovis. Mr O’Connor said the previous government’s failure to enforce the National Animal Identification and Tracing Scheme promoted poor farming practices and compromised the response to the...

Tests show beef sector so far free of serious disease affecting dairy animals

[1 April/NZ Herald] New Zealand’s beef export sector appeared to be free of Mycoplasma bovis. The Ministry for Primary Industries said there were no positive results from the testing of animals. An MPI spokeswoman said the risk of Mycoplasma bovis was different due to how beef is raised in New Zealand. She added that they...