Testing for M. bovis and depopulation of infected herds | Beef + Lamb New Zealand

Testing for M. bovis and depopulation of infected herds

We are aware that there is currently some misunderstanding of when the M. bovis phased eradication programme may require cattle on farms to be culled, particularly farms that have received 'trace animals'.
Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Trace animals are those that have moved off Confirmed properties during the infection period (and are at risk of having M. bovis).

When identified, trace animals will be required to be slaughtered, commonly at meat processors, and tested. In addition, any animals that have been in contact with these trace animals on the farm will be tested.

Animals that have been in contact with trace animals will not be culled unless test results confirm that the herd (either trace animals and/or in-contact animals) has been infected.

We’d also like to remind all farmers of the importance of maintaining complete and accurate records in NAIT, as this is an essential tool for the speedy tracing of animals and ultimately for protecting everybody’s farms and the wider industry.

For more information, please visit: https://beeflambnz.com/mycoplasma-bovis