Posts tagged "Mycoplasma bovis"

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...

Pressure on processors’ margins

[2 April/Farmers Weekly] Less aggressive buying by Unites States manufacturing beef importers put pressure on New Zealand processor margins. American feedlots are well stocked at this time of the year, and importers were aware of the New Zealand supply trends according to Anzco Foods General Manager of Agriculture and Livestock, Grant Bunting. He said this...

MPI cattle cull ‘the right thing’

[27 March/Rural Life] The Ministry for Primary Industries announced it would cull 22,332 cattle at sites infected with Mycoplasma Bovis as a tragic necessity. Federated Farmers North Otago Dairy Chairman, Lyndon Strang, said it was the right thing for agriculture and that he hoped the compensation process happened quickly. The government approved $85 million in...

Officials to set up Cook Strait checkpoint to stop cattle disease

[23 March/NZ Farmer] To help stop the disease Mycoplasma Bovis travelling to the North Island, cattle crossing the Cook Strait will be checked from Friday. Minister of Agriculture and Biosecurity, Damien O’Connor, said farmers were not complying with their legal obligations under NAIT and that only 57 percent of farmers who record their animal movements...

Ministry for Primary Industries estimates the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak could cost $95m

[1 March/The Country] Tracking and tracing the spread of Mycoplasma bovis and compensating farmers could cost about $95 million according to the Ministry for Primary Industries. MPI Director of Readiness and Response, Geoff Gwyn, said the disease has been confirmed at 26 properties which are part of the 43 properties under a restricted place notice....

US veterinarian downplays Mycoplasma bovis risk

[5 March/Rural Life] Dr Paul Detloff of the large United States dairy cooperative, Organic Valley Dairies, said Mycoplasma bovis should not damage dairy profitability. Dr Detloff added that he saw farmers who did not have Mycoplasma bovis in their cows despite being surrounded by infected farms. He emphasised the importance of optimal nutrition for production...

Minister blasts NAIT

[20 February/Rural News] According to Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) clearly hasn’t worked as it should have. He brought this up because of the recent Mycoplasma bovis outbreak which has caused problems across the board. Mr O’Connor said that he doesn’t blame farmers as there is a lack of clear...

Mycoplasma bovis: Number of infected properties rises to 23

[9 February/The Country] Twenty-three farms have now been found to be infected with the cattle disease Mycoplasma Bovis. The latest two were in Southland and South Canterbury. The Ministry for Primary Industries said all infected properties were under quarantine controls. The Ministry reiterated that all detections to date were linked to the original infected properties...

Farmer compensation for cattle disease to cost over $100m: Nathan Guy

[9 February/NZ Farmer] According to the National Primary Industries’ spokesman, Nathan Guy, compensation for farmers who were affected by the Mycoplasma bovis cattle disease could exceed $100 million. However, Mr Guy added that farmers would likely be told to learn to live with the disease once the Cabinet had decided their spending priorities. He noted...

Labour’s 100 days fails farmers – Guy

[12 February/Rural News] According to the National Primary Industries spokesperson, Nathan Guy, Labour’s first 100 days in government has failed farmers. He said that the government had lacked any real action around the big issues facing the farming sector. He noted that the Minister Damien O’Connor is spending $17 million out of the Primary Growth...

Middlemarch property positive for Mycoplasma bovis

[6 February/NZ Herald] A property in Middlemarch in Otago has been identified as having tested positive for the Mycoplasma bovis cattle disease, the 21st property to have been detected with the disease.  In addition there are 34 properties that are under restricted place notices.  The Ministry for Primary Industries reiterated that all detections are still...

Mycoplasma bovis: Cow disease now on 20 farms

[30 January/Radio NZ Rural] The Ministry for Primary Industries has announced that two further farms have tested positive for cattle disease, Mycoplasma Bovis.  The new farms are located in South Canterbury, where the initial outbreak of the disease was detected, and Southland.  There are now 20 infected properties across South and Mid Canterbury, Southland and...

Cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis now on 17 farms

[18 January/ NZ Herald] The Ministry for Primary Industries has confirmed that three further farms had been confirmed as infected with the Mycoplasma bovis bacterial cattle disease.  David Yard, the incident controller for MPI, said that eradication remains the preferred option and the Ministry believes this is possible.  He note that they believe the disease...

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...