M. bo­vis spurs up­dated con­tracts

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Farming - By FED­ER­ATED FARM­ERS

Fed­er­ated Farm­ers con­tracts are be­ing up­dated to in­clude pro­vi­sions for sharemilk­ers and sharemilker farm own­ers to de­velop a farm biose­cu­rity plan.

A vi­able sharemilk­ing in­dus­try has long been a key part of the vi­brancy and in­no­va­tion of the dairy in­dus­try. With the My­coplasma bo­vis in­cur­sion, and the de­ci­sion to try and erad­i­cate the dis­ease, “an ex­tra chal­lenge has been put in front of us”, the fed­er­a­tion’s sharemilker farm own­ers chair­man Tony Wild­ing says.

A biose­cu­rity plan has in the past been sen­si­ble busi­ness prac­tice un­der the sharemilker/ farm owner model, now it’s an im­per­a­tive, Tony says.

Fed­er­ated Farm­ers sharemilk­ers chair­man Richard McIn­tyre says there is plenty of ad­vice on the Dairy NZ web­site (https://www.dairynz.co.nz/an­i­mal/cow-health/ my­coplasma-bo­vis/), in­clud­ing the kinds of ques­tions that need to be asked if new stock is com­ing onto the farm.

“But there should also be dis­cus­sion about how the farm will func­tion in the medium and longer term from a biose­cu­rity per­spec­tive.

“Even rel­a­tively sim­ple stuff should be in the plan. For example, if you or a neigh­bour in­tends graz­ing stock in pad­docks where there is a bound­ary fence, you could send them a text. One of you can then put up a break fence to keep herds from di­rect con­tact.

“An­other example — there should be agree­ment about ser­vice bulls. Will the farm be all AI or will it get ser­vice bulls from a farm that fits ‘x’ and ‘y’ biose­cu­rity re­quire­ments, such as a closed Here­ford breed­ing op­er­a­tion, or an op­er­a­tion that does not bring in dairy beef. Or do the two par­ties agree that’s not par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant”

The ad­vice on the DairyNZ page can be used as a con­ver­sa­tion starter and check­list.

A vi­able sharemilk­ing in­dus­try has long been a key part of the vi­brancy and in­no­va­tion of the dairy in­dus­try.

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