M. Bo­vis con­firmed at Taranaki farm

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

The Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries said the 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 hard to es­tab­lish whether the prop­erty was at risk of be­ing in­fected and had es­tab­lished the risk was high.

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.”

He said MPI was work­ing with the farm­ers. “While ev­ery de­ci­sion is made with the aim of erad­i­cat­ing the dis­ease from New Zealand, we are well aware that 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.”

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My­coplasma bo­vis has been con­firmed on a Taranaki prop­erty.

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