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