Targeted surveillance of 2019-born heifers in Canterbury, Otago and Southland
The Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) Programme has expanded the National Beef Cattle Surveillance project to include 2019-born dairy heifers in Canterbury, Otago and Southland, as it works to eradicate the disease from New Zealand.
Mycoplasma bovis Programme: Eradication going to plan, but there’s still work to do
Significant progress has been made in driving down the numbers of farms affected by Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis). We’re on track to achieve eradication, but there’s still more work to do.
Mycoplasma bovis update for Canterbury
Last week, the Mycoplasma Bovis (M. bovis) Programme advised of two new Active Confirmed properties in Canterbury, bringing the total to seven.
Mycoplasma bovis update
As a partner in the Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) programme alongside the Ministry for Primary Industries and DairyNZ, we want to provide you with an update on the eradication efforts.
Biosecurity readiness and response meat levy
We want to let you know that beef farmers will pay a new levy to contribute to the response to Mycoplasma bovis from 1 March 2020.
Mycoplasma bovis update
B+LNZ is continuing to work with DairyNZ and the Ministry for Primary Industries on the response to Mycoplasma bovis. To date, there have been 103 beef properties confirmed positive, from a total of 191 farms found to have the disease.
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'.
Importance of good biosecurity practices during dairy cow movements
Dairy grazing is an integral part of many beef farmers’ businesses, but care must be taken to protect resident beef cattle and other herds from the risk of Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis).
M. bovis Programme update
You may be aware the M. bovis Programme is increasing activity in the lead up to Moving Day and winter grazing to limit the risk of disease spread, and to give farmers as much certainty as possible heading into this busy period.
Mycoplasma bovis situation update
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have reported this week that results from the current nationwide bulk milk testing for Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) are promising, with around three quarters of testing having been completed and so far only three additional farms being confirmed with M. bovis through the testing.
Bull biosecurity at breeding time
As another cattle breeding season gets underway, farmers are being reminded to follow best-practice biosecurity management to protect their dairy and beef herds from Mycoplasma bovis.