More woes for farm­ers as more M. bo­vis found

Whanganui Chronicle - - Business -

A beef and sheep farm near Master­ton in the Wairarapa has tested pos­i­tive for the cat­tle disease My­coplasma bo­vis.

The con­fir­ma­tion takes the num­ber of in­fected prop­er­ties to 36, said the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries. The farm was lo­cated by trac­ing an­i­mal move­ments from other­vis-af­fected farms, MPI said in a state­ment.

All cat­tle on the prop­erty will be killed in agree­ment with the farmer around tim­ing, MPI said.

The Govern­ment and farm­ing sec­tors have agreed all cat­tle on in­fected prop­er­ties should be culled as part of a drive to erad­i­cate the disease, first di­ag­nosed in the South Is­land last July. The disease does not af­fect hu­mans and milk and meat from af­fected an­i­mals is safe to con­sume, MPI has said. The min­istry said it ex­pected to find fur­ther in­fected prop­er­ties as trac­ing of an­i­mal move­ments con­tin­ues.

The tally of in­fected prop­er­ties has been as high as 38 since MPI trac­ing be­gan. The min­istry said num­bers move as farms have t hei r i nf ect ed s t at us re­voked fol­low­ing a cat­tle kill and in the time farm­ers need to wait un­til their prop­erty is deemed a risk.

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