Man­gakino TB un­der con­trol

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO -

Pos­i­tive steps have been taken to con­trol a bovine tu­ber­cu­lo­sis (TB) in­fec­tion in the Man­gakino area that af­fected sev­eral herds run as part of the same busi­ness.

Na­tional An­i­mal Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and Trac­ing (NAIT) and Live­stock Im­prove­ment Cor­po­ra­tion data has al­lowed OSPRI’s TBfree vet­eri­nar­i­ans to trace any stock that have been moved off the prop­er­ties.

Th­ese an­i­mals will be TB tested to avoid the dis­ease spread­ing.

Im­me­di­ate neigh­bours of the in­fected herds have been re­as­sured that the dis­ease is con­tained and there is neg­li­gi­ble risk of it spread­ing over the fence.

Bovine TB is spread through close con­tact be­tween an­i­mals.

The dis­ease is not trans­mit­ted by gum­boots or trac­tor and truck tyres.

TBfree Waikato Com­mit­tee chair­man John Bubb said hav­ing bovine TB in your herd could cause ex­treme emo­tional and fi­nan­cial stress for the af­fected farmer.

‘‘They need sup­port to help them through this dif­fi­cult time. There are var­i­ous av­enues avail­able to farm­ers with a TBin­fected herd, in­clud­ing their lo­cal TBfree com­mit­tee mem­ber who is likely to have ex­pe­ri­enced the ef­fects of the dis­ease first­hand, Ru­ral Sup­port Trusts and TBfree staff,’’ said Bubb.

‘‘Im­por­tantly, the farmer needs the sup­port of their neigh­bours and lo­cal com­mu­nity.

‘‘There re­mains an un­for­tu­nate stigma at­tached to herd TB in­fec­tions. This can be ad­dressed by keep­ing neigh­bours in­formed of the sit­u­a­tion and or­gan­is­ing events such as shed meet­ings.’’

The num­ber of in­fected herds has dropped from about 1700 in the mid-1990s to 51 and to­day the aware­ness of bovine TB in New Zealand has de­clined, ac­cord­ing to OSPRI.

‘‘Ed­u­cat­ing farm­ers about the risk of TB is vi­tal to­wards keep­ing in­fected herd num­bers un­der con­trol. Nearly 10 mil­lion hectares of New Zealand is known to con­tain TB- in­fected wild an­i­mals, with pos­sums be­ing the main source of the dis­ease in th­ese ar­eas,’’ said Bubb.

The in­fected herds are cur­rently sub­ject to a Re­stricted Place No­tice, mean­ing they can­not be shifted off farm un­less go­ing straight to slaugh­ter or is­sued with an of­fi­cial per­mit to move.

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