M. BO­VIS

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON FARMING -

■ M. bo­vis was first de­tected by MPI in New Zealand on a South Can­ter­bury farm in July 2017.

■ The dis­ease is mainly spread through close phys­i­cal con­tact be­tween in­fected an­i­mals.

■ It can cause lame­ness, mas­ti­tis and abor­tions in cows.

■ In May, the gov­ern­ment an­nounced it would try to erad­i­cate the dis­ease, or­der­ing about 152,000 cows to be culled in a phased pro­gramme that is ex­pected to take one to two years.

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