Taranaki has first ‘M. bo­vis’ case

Otago Daily Times - - BUSINESS & MONEY -

NEW PLY­MOUTH: Taranaki’s first case of My­coplasma bo­vis has been con­firmed.

The Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries said a herd on a Taranaki prop­erty had tested pos­i­tive for the dis­ease.

A Re­stricted Place no­tice has been placed on the farm.

MPI My­coplasma bo­vis direc­tor Ge­off Gwyn said the M. bo­vis re­sponse team had worked ex­tremely hard to es­tab­lish whether the prop­erty was at risk of be­ing in­fected and had es­tab­lished the risk was high, as was the risk of spread­ing it to other prop­er­ties.

Mr Gwyn said it was a sen­si­tive sit­u­a­tion and ex­tremely try­ing for the farm­ers in­volved.

‘‘For pri­vacy rea­sons we can­not go into specifics of the prop­erty in­volved. How­ever, I can tell you that a num­ber of an­i­mals will be culled.

‘‘We have not taken this de­ci­sion lightly and it is nec­es­sary for the re­sponse to erad­i­cate M. bo­vis from New Zealand.’’

He said MPI was work­ing with the farm­ers and their sup­port net­works to help them through the process.

‘‘While ev­ery de­ci­sion is made with the aim of erad­i­cat­ing the dis­ease from New Zealand, we are well aware what the ef­fect of this erad­i­ca­tion re­sponse has on in­di­vid­ual farm­ers.

‘‘We are wrap­ping as much wel­fare sup­port around the own­ers of the prop­erty as pos­si­ble and are work­ing with them and their sup­port net­works to en­sure they are well sup­ported through this process.’’

Mr Gwyn said the bac­te­ria were eas­ily spread through an­i­mal con­tacts or drink­ing in­fected milk, so any cat­tle which had mixed with in­fected an­i­mals were con­sid­ered to be at risk of in­fec­tion even if they did not show clin­i­cal signs.

‘‘This is a fun­da­men­tal tenet of the re­sponse and strongly sup­ported by our ex­ter­nal Tech­ni­cal Ad­vi­sory Group. This means if there is any con­firmed in­fec­tion in the move­ment group, we need to as­sume all an­i­mals in the group are pos­i­tive.’’ All in­fected farms, and farms sus­pected of hav­ing M. bo­vis have a Re­stricted Place no­tice in place.

This pro­hibits all unau­tho­rised move­ments of farm stock and other risky goods on to and off the prop­erty.

This min­imises the chance of the dis­ease spread­ing from the prop­erty.

Any move­ment of cat­tle re­quires a per­mit from MPI.

Trans­port ve­hi­cles must fol­low a clean­ing and dis­in­fec­tion process when they leave a re­stricted place.

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