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10/01/2018 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday 10 January, 2018
deeply upset to hear that a farm in our district had tested positive for the
cattle disease, Mycoplasma bovis.
a very worrying time for the farming community and I offer my sympathy to those
with animals who have this devastating disease.
you know people who are directly affected by the discovery of M.Bovis, please
give them your support to help them through this difficult time. The Rural
Support Trust and industry groups such as Federated Farmers and Dairy NZ are
also helping farmers who are dealing with the disease.
know all dairy farmers in our district will be concerned but they should be
reassured by the fact that the spread of M.bovis usually requires prolonged
contact with an infected animal. MPI is still working on tracing contacts of
infected cattle, so if you don’t hear from them, “no news is good news”. The
milk companies are also distributing test kits for sick animals and they will
be handing these out at a public meeting in Methven and another in Ashburton on
hygiene practices are crucial on farms at all times but if there are areas
where you can make improvements, now is the time to do it. It is also important
to keep your NAIT and general farm records up-to-date.
vets and AI technicians are visiting your property, make sure they thoroughly
clean their equipment before they arrive and again before they leave. You might
want to consider making a footbath and scrubbing brush available for the boots
of all visitors as they enter and leave your farm. Likewise, if you are
visiting a neighbour, clean your boots and any gear you are taking with you.
find out more about M.bovis and issues such as farm hygiene visit the MPI website
www.mpi.govt.nz Farmers with any concerns or
questions can ring MPI on 0800 00 83 33.
Mayor (who is currently overseas) and I will be in regular contact with MPI to
stay informed about this issue and will be doing all we can to support affected
farmers and their families.