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 part of a support group formed in the area. He says farmers and share milkers need to be making decisions about winter contracts and by the time the test results are back, it could be too late. Mark Bryan also says the cattle disease could be a major setback for efforts to reduce antibiotic use in farm animals.  LISTEN NOW