NZ's approach to Mycoplasma Bovis world-class
Like Covid-19 it appears as if New Zealand’s plan and approach to eradicating the cattle disease Mycoplasma Bovis has been world-class. The latest technical data and key measures show the programme may very well be working. It appears as if compensation processes have improved for affected farms, research is underway to improve bulk milk testing, and the beef surveillance is up and running. More importantly genetic testing has identified one strain which links all the infected farms.
TTW commends MPI and the biosecurity sector for its response, and hopes that collectively are doing a stocktake as to why this programme has worked when other responses for conservation diseases have not. A lessons learned process is vital for ensuring future incursions are managed as well as this.
Key data includes:
- 17 active properties
- 232 cleared of the disease
- 145,788 cattle culled
For more information, resources and links, see Beef & Lamb NZ website.