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Critical Information for Winter Grazing and Graziers

Down south we have cows to feed, and crops to be eaten. But hungry cows and graziers aren’t hooking up as freely as usual with the concerns around sharing the Mycoplasma bovis bacteria.  For the latest info you need to know, clink on… Continue Reading →

Farmers in limbo over cattle disease

Wednesday 7th February 2018. Southland vet Mark Bryan says farmers are unable to plan for the future while they wait for results of MPI tests for Mycoplasma bovis – the bacterium causing mastitis, abortion, pneumonia, and arthritis in cattle. He’s… Continue Reading →

Radio NZ: Rural News Interview with MASS

24th January 2018. Bevan Collie from MASS (Mycoplasma bovis Action & Support Southland) was interviewed for the Rural News programme on Radio NZ.  Tune in from 2.35 mins in the morning show and at 4.45 mins for the lunchtime show…. Continue Reading →

Protecting Your Borders

24th January 2018. Consider some new year resolutions as you work the land. And treat your farm as a biosecurity fortress, with its defences tightened to shut out pest and disease threats.  Opinion piece by Katie Milne, President, Federated Farmers. … Continue Reading →

Mycoplasma bovis action group formed in Southland

Farmers, Veterinarians and industry stakeholders from around the Southland region have come together to form MASS (Mycoplasma bovis Action & Support Southland).  The objective is to provide a voice to those in Southland and assist the Southland farming community in… Continue Reading →

MPI and dairy industry extend milk testing programme for Mycoplasma bovis

12th January 2018. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and its dairy industry partners have decided to extend the current Mycoplasma bovis milk testing underway in Canterbury, Otago and Southland into a national milk surveillance programme. While there is no indication that… Continue Reading →

Tests confirm cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis on Ashburton farm

9th January 2018. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirms that the bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is present on a farm in the Ashburton area. The Ministry’s response incident controller David Yard says milk sampling carried out by the dairy industry… Continue Reading →

Hastings and Southland properties positive for Mycoplasma bovis

12th December 2017. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has identified 4 new properties as positive for the bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis and strongly suspects one further property. One of the latest infected properties is in the Hastings district, the other… Continue Reading →

Advice for farmers on Mycoplasma Bovis

14th December 2017. Beef + Lamb New Zealand is working closely with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on the response to the Mycoplasma Bovis outbreak. Read more:

One further farm confirmed positive with Mycoplasma bovis infection

15th November 2017. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirms that 1 of 2 Waimate district farms placed under restrictions last week has tested positive for Mycoplasma bovis infection. Testing is ongoing on the second property, which is under precautionary restrictions due… Continue Reading →

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