M. bovis disease control operations moving from MPI to OSPRI, B+LNZ Inc’s Farm to Table series, TB discovery in Taupō district
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M. bovis disease control operations moving from MPI to OSPRI
From 1 November, the day-to-day disease control operations for the programme to eradicate M. bovis will be managed by OSPRI – which also manages NAIT and TBfree. Farmers shouldn’t notice many differences with the change, other than new contact details: phone 0800 482 463 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Programme partners – the Ministry for Primary Industries, B+LNZ and DairyNZ – remain responsible for the overall management of M. bovis eradication, but OSPRI will manage the day-to-day running of the programme including testing, managing any active or newly-detected properties, depopulation and site cleaning, and farmer support. You can read more about the change here.
B+LNZ Inc’s Farm to Table series
B+LNZ Inc has created a new series of videos off the back of the ‘Good Things Start with NZ Beef and Lamb’ campaign. They feature Ibee Maeva (who played young Stacey Waaka in the TV ad) interviewing some key representatives within our industry – a farmer, a butcher, and a chef. Charles Taituha, B+LNZ Māori Agribusiness Advisor, appears in the farmer video. Watch the video series here.
TB discovery in Taupō district
As part of routine testing and surveillance, OSPRI has found bovine tuberculosis (TB) in a herd in the Taupō district. OSPRI is contacting nearby landowners and working closely with the impacted farm to support its recovery. The farm’s animals are subject to movement control to prevent the risk of disease spread. TB testing at the farm is underway to find any other infected animals. OSPRI has also begun an investigation to understand the TB strain and how the infection has occurred. For more information, please visit the OSPRI website.