Updates from MPI on M. Bovis

As at 4 September 2017

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 15 September 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Useful contacts for rural people affected by flooding:

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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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Recharge Hurunui @ Foxdown

September 8, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Following a very long drought and then earthquakes, the Hurunui Drought Committee is boosting community morale with a Recharge Hurunui Event.

Hurunui Drought Committee member, Scargill farmer Andy Fox, insists that the Hurunui is the best place to live in the world.

“I wouldn't dream of living anywhere else,” says Andy, “but Mother Nature has thrown us a few curveballs over the last few years.

“Our community has endured a drought that seemed like it would never end and then of course the earthquakes were a further blow to locals whose spirits were already flagging. But now there’s a growing sense of positivity in the farming community and beyond.”

Andy says that from a farming point of view, the winter has been very kind. The mild weather and better rainfall have allowed for good growth, stock are doing well, and prices are up.

“Hopefully this improvement is starting to filter through to our local business community, who have been hit with the domino effect as farmers struggled with the effects of the drought.” 

To shrug off the tough times and to celebrate the arrival of what will hopefully be a great Spring, the Hurunui Drought Committee is throwing open the doors of the Foxdown shed for a gathering hosted by Gary McCormack on September 8. 

“We’ve had a few fantastic events here over the last couple of years,” says Andy. “With the support and encouragement of the Hurunui Drought Committee this time we are extending the invitation for a bite to eat, a drink and a laugh beyond farmers to the wider community who have all faced various challenges over the last few years.”

Tickets for the event on September 8 at 7.30pm are selling fast at only $10 each. Free buses are being put on from Cheviot, Amberley, Hawarden, Culverden and Waiau. The ticket price includes supper, drinks and entertainment including a chat from Gary McCormick.

“He’s the perfect bloke for this kind of thing,” says Andy.  “Gary’s irreverent humour about life and bureaucracy really resonates!”

The event is sponsored by the North Canterbury Rural Support Trust, Beef & Lamb and MPI.  Tickets are on sale at NC Vets, Farmlands, 4 Square Hawarden, and Waiau hardware. 

More information is on the Hurunui Community Drought Support Facebook page.

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News & Alerts

Updates from MPI on M. Bovis

As at 4 September 2017

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 15 September 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Useful contacts for rural people affected by flooding:

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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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