Eight farms un­der watch

The Northland Age - - Local News -

The Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries has is­sued No­tices of Di­rec­tion (NoDs) to eight North­land farms that it be­lieves may pose a risk of spread­ing My­coplasma bo­vis.

The min­istry has not iden­ti­fied the farms, or re­vealed when the no­tices were is­sued, cit­ing pri­vacy is­sues.

The no­tices do not re­strict the move­ment of stock or goods on to the farms, but cat­tle may only be taken off them with a per­mit.

Other mea­sures, such as dis­in­fect­ing and clean­ing of ve­hi­cles, may be re­quired.

So far only one North­land prop­erty, a dry stock farm out­side Dar­gav­ille, has tested pos­i­tive for the bac­te­rial dis­ease. Some of the herd of 50 cat­tle have been slaugh­tered.

A North­land Re­gional Coun­cil biose­cu­rity in­cur­sion man­age­ment of­fi­cer is work­ing with the MPI to en­sure all pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures are taken on the eight farms, while eight more have had their no­tices re­voked af­ter test­ing for M. bo­vis. A min­istry spokesman said the ma­jor­ity of prop­er­ties un­der a No­tice of Di­rec­tion did not test pos­i­tive for the dis­ease.

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No­tices of Di­rec­tion in­di­cate con­cern for the pos­si­ble spread of My­coplasma bo­vis, but do not mean it has been found.

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