[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 the disease, and if the MPI were aggressive enough they could be successful. He added that a few farmers thought the disease was farmable which is adding to the problem. MPI’s policy on compensation for farmers who have their herds culled was that they should be no better or worse off as a result. No country had yet successfully eradicated the disease. ASB Bank Economists said the revenue impact of the cull was not yet clear cut as the potential loss on dairy production could be partly or completely offset by higher dairy prices.