The New Zealand Herald

M. bovis on the way out in NZ farms

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New Zealand is on track to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis, the Ministry for Primary Industries says.

The latest report from the independen­t Technical Advisory Group report into the disease shows only three active confirmed infected farms, compared to 34 two years ago,

The group made 14 recommenda­tions for the programme, all of which were accepted.

These included advice regarding monitoring of beef herds and nonmilking dairy cows and what was required to move from delimiting to the provisiona­l freedom of infection phase over the next year.

The group found improvemen­ts to the programme meant it was in a good position to deal with any further infected farms, which was likely, given some farms’ previously poor recording of cattle movements and the likelihood unidentifi­ed pockets of infection may remain to be found.

M. bovis programme director Stuart Anderson said the group found the recent Canterbury cluster could most likely be explained by unrecorded animal movements, and recommende­d the likelihood the Five Star Feedlot could be a possible source of infection be examined.

“Since the TAG first considered informatio­n in December, we have looked into this property closely, tested animals and traced movements.” In the programme’s view there were more likely sources from within the cluster of infected farms itself, Anderson said.

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