Beef + Lamb New Zealand is treating this outbreak extremely seriously and we are pleased to announce we have appointed Paul McCauley to support our farmers as part of the response to the disease.
Paul, who has a wealth of knowledge about drystock farm systems and technology transfer, will be the main point of contact for farmers on M. Bovis and farm biosecurity and will work closely with MPI regional response teams on issues affecting our levy payers. Paul can be contacted at: Paul.firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have also updated our website with a comprehensive set of resources for those seeking more information on M. Bovis.
The outbreak highlights the importance of keeping NAIT records and ensuring Animal Status Declarations are completed and retained. Good record keeping has significantly reduced the amount of detective work required by MPI to identify the sources and destinations of cattle of interest.
We’re also urging farmers to implement on-farm biosecurity measures.
Farmers should consider standard biosecurity advice to prevent their stock coming into nose-to-nose contact with neighbour’s cattle. This could be achieved by creating boundary fence buffer zones using electric out-riggers or a separate electric fence two metres back from the boundary. Another approach is to arrange with neighbours not to graze cattle in adjacent paddocks at the same time.
Farmers are also encouraged to clean and disinfect footwear, protective clothing and equipment of visitors working with their cattle.
Where possible, limit cattle movements onto your farm and determine the health history of any cattle you are looking at buying or bringing onto your property.
Anyone concerned about their stock should contact their vet or MPI on 0800 80 99 66.
If any of your friends, family, colleagues or neighbours are concerned, please urge them to contact us and we’ll make sure they are kept updated.
B+LNZ staff and directors are also in regular contact with MPI, and assisting where we can. Please feel free to contact B+LNZ on 0800 BEEFLAMB.
MPI is sending out regular updates on the situation. To receive the updates by email, contact MBovis2017_Liaison@mpi.govt.nz or you can find them on the MPI website or by calling MPI on 0800 00 83 33
We know issues like this can be stressful for farmers but there is support available if you need it. MPI has a welfare contact 027 447 4610 or email: email@example.com.
The Rural Support Trust is also here to help, and B+LNZ supports and endorses their work. You can contact the RST at 0800 787 254.
For updates, including meetings in your region, keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter.