Updates from MPI on M. Bovis

As at 21 August

Published on Tuesday, August 01, 2017

In July 2017, MPI detected the bacterial infection Mycoplasma bovis in cattle at a South Canterbury dairy farm. Updates are here: www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/alerts/mycoplasma-bovis/

Key contacts
Questions for MPI – 0800 00 83 33 or Email: MBovis2017_Liaison@mpi.govt.nz
Oamaru welfare contact – 027 447 4610 or Email: mbwellbeing@asurequality.com
Rural Support trust – 0800 787 254
Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline – 0800 80 99 66
 
Situation
  • On 21 July 2017 samples taken from a South Canterbury dairy herd tested positive for Mycoplasma bovis. This bacterium has never previously been identified in New Zealand.
  • On 31 July a second farm was identified as positive.
  • The farms are both part of the 16 farm Van Leeuwen Dairy Group (VLDG). All 16 farms have been under MPI movement control through Restricted Place Notices since the start of the response.
MPI has a 3 pronged strategy to managing this outbreak
  • Contain – Minimise any further spread of the disease.
The 16 VLDG farms are under Restricted Place Notices that require permits to move cattle between the other farms in the group and transport cattle direct to slaughter at agreed premises. The meat processor has procedures in place to clean and disinfect the transport trucks before they leave the processor.
Each farm has farm hygiene measures in place to clean and disinfect equipment and vehicles that may have come into contact with cows or effluent. 
  • Survey – How widespread is Mycoplasma bovis?
Before we can make decisions we need to understand where in New Zealand is the disease.  MPI has a multi-layered survey that is taking samples from VLDG farms, farms that border VLDG farms, movement traces of stock that have moved to and from farms in the previous 6 months, and a series of regional and nationwide surveys.
MPI is working with NAIT to trace the movements of cattle to and from the Restricted Places over the past 6 months.
  • Assess the feasibility of eradication – is it possible to cost-effectively eradicate this disease?
MPI is working with industry and Australian experts to understand the impacts of the disease and the potential costs of eradication. Based on the information from the surveys we will assess the feasibility of eradication.
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Updates from MPI on M. Bovis

As at 21 August

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

In July 2017, MPI detected the bacterial infection Mycoplasma bovis in cattle at a South Canterbury dairy farm. Regular updates are here: www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/alerts/mycoplasma-bovis/

Key contacts
Questions for MPI – 0800 00 83 33 or Email: MBovis2017_Liaison@mpi.govt.nz
Oamaru welfare contact – 027 447 4610 or Email: mbwellbeing@asurequality.com
Rural Support trust – 0800 787 254
Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline – 0800 80 99 66
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Flooding in rural Otago and Canterbury

as at 21 August 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

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Farmers joining shave-free for calving Rural Support Trust fundraiser

Donations will go to every RST nationwide through the new National Council

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

“When your first calf of the season is born -you have a good, close, shave, then hang up your razor. When the final cow calves, THEN you can get that beard off.”

This is shave-free for calving, the fundraiser launched by Marlborough farmer Lyndon Campbell last year.

“In 2016 we raised nearly $3000 for the Top of the South Rural Support Trust, and we are very proud of that,” says Lyndon. “However we feel there is much room to grow by getting more farmers involved.”

This year he’s going national and is calling farmers from all over New Zealand to get hairy and scratchy along with him (the blokes, at least): https://www.facebook.com/shavefreecalving/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf

 

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Myrtle Rust

Kerikeri myrtle rust response –Daily update 11 May 2017

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Author: Julie Jonker

No significant news to report today.

Ground teams in Kerikeri have completed inspections of the areas extending 500m out from the two confirmed positive sites.

The situation remains that there are still just two known infected properties. The initial nursery in Kerikeri where the myrtle rust incursion was first detected and a neighbouring residential garden.

All other suspected finds that were sampled have tested negative for myrtle rust. This includes a sample from a nursery in south Auckland.

Today field personnel have partnered with local iwi to mount intensive inspections of coastal areas close to Kerikeri for signs of the fungal disease.

The public message remains - if you believe you have seen signs of myrtle rust - DO NOT TOUCH IT or the plant - take a photo of the rust and the plant. Call MPI on 0800 80 99 66.

Full information is at www.mpi.govt.nz/myrtlerust.

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