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.