New Zealand to kill 150000 cows to end bacterial disease

Mycoplasma bovis is the most severe economic biosecurity issue to hit New Zealand predicted to cost $1 billion over 10

GERALD PIDDOCK STUFF Mycoplasma bovis is the most severe economic biosecurity issue to hit New Zealand predicted to cost $1 billion over 10 years

Politicians and industry leaders announced the ambitious plan Monday, May 28, 2018.

Bloomberg reported that officials expect to know by the end of the year whether or not the mission to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis is working. Since it was first detected, the disease has spread to 37 farms, and computer modeling suggests it will eventually reach some 142 farms.

"We do believe we are taking it on at a point that it is possible to eradicate, and more than 99 per cent of farms don't have it, and we want to protect them from having it", she said.

Mycoplasma bovis has been detected on more than three dozen farms since it was first detected in New Zealand past year, leading to the slaughter of about 26,000 cattle. Found in Europe and the US, the bacteria can cause cows to develop mastitis, pneumonia, arthritis and other diseases.

The bacteria, Mycoplasma bovis, can cause cows to develop ailments such as mastitis, pneumonia, and arthritis.

Officials carrying out the cull "have the legal authority to forcibly enter farms and kill animals even in cases where a farmer might resist, but they said they hope they don't have to use those powers", Bloomberg reports.

The government is announcing its decision about whether to eradicate or contain the cattle disease, Mycoplasma bovis.


Katie Milne, the national president of the advocacy group Federated Farmers, insisted that authorities would try to make sure affected farmers had all the support they needed, including adequate compensation.

"This is a tough call - no one ever wants to see mass culls".

"And we have to support them as neighbours, community members, farmers, friends".

The farmer can not protest against the move as it is to protect the country from the spreading of the disease and in larger good of New Zealand, claimed its government. About two-thirds are dairy cows and the rest beef cattle.

More than 150,000 cows will be slaughtered over the next two years at a cost of NZ$880m (£459m), as the world's biggest dairy exporter attempts to deal with an outbreak of Mycoplasma disease. It has been found on about 40 farms so far, but 192 farms are likely to be involved in the culling. The cows will be killed in phases and the first phase will kill around 26,000 cows, process for which is already underway.

"Today's decision to eradicate is driven by the government's desire to protect the national herd from the disease and protect the base of our economy - the farming sector", Ardern said in a statement.

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