Latest update on Mycoplasma bovis

Environment Canterbury is urging farmers impacted by cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis to contact their local zone team. 

Latest update 16/08/2018 

Law changes to support eradication

Biosecurity Minister Hon Damien O’Connor has announced technical law changes to support the eradication of Mycoplasma bovis.

Parliament will make changes to the National Animal Identification and Tracing scheme under urgency this week. Additionally, three infringement offences under the Animal Products Act 1999 have been created, and Mycoplasma bovis is now a notifiable organism under the Biosecurity Act 1993.

Full details can be read in the Minister’s media release.

Latest update 15/08/2018

Mycoplasma bovis confirmed in Tasman district

Biosecurity New Zealand today confirmed a property in the Tasman district as positive for the bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.  It's the first time the disease has been found in this region.

Read the full release from Biosecurity New Zealand on Mycoplasma bovis.

Latest update 13/07/2018 

Council announces support for farms impacted by Mycoplasma bovis

Environment Canterbury accepts some farmers will be unable to meet their resource consent conditions due to Mycoplasma bovis, and will work with those affected on a case-by-case basis.

Senior Manager Service Delivery Nick Daniels said, “We know this is a stressful time for many Canterbury farmers, and we understand some will not be able to comply with all resource consent conditions because of this unexpected disease.  For example, farmers under legal controls may not be able to move cattle off their home property for winter grazing, resulting in the potential for higher nutrient losses than what their resource consent allows.”

“We want to work with farmers and independent farm auditors on a case-by-case basis – this includes those who have been under legal controls from Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) as a result of Mycoplasma bovis, as well as those who haven’t been under formal restrictions but are still impacted.”

Mr Daniels said ways Environment Canterbury could help affected farmers included delaying Farm Environment Plan audits by 12 months or delaying the completion of some consent conditions.

Any farmer worried about complying with their resource consents in light of Mycoplasma bovis should get in touch with their zone team or ask for a referral from their MPI case manager.

“We do not have the list of farms impacted by Mycoplasma bovis as this is confidential information held by MPI.  That is why we are asking impacted farmers to contact us so we can ensure they get the support they need to manage their resource consents,” he said.

More information 

Latest update 12/07/2018

New round of Mycoplasma bovis milk testing to start

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is about to carry out a second round of nationwide milk testing, checking the country's dairy herd for the presence of Mycoplasma bovis.

Read the full release from Ministry for Primary Industries on Mycoplasma bovis.

Latest update 09/07/2018

Calf rearing precautions

Calving season is about to start.  Taking the right steps when buying and selling calves is important in light of Mycoplasma bovis.  Stock movements carry a high risk of spreading the disease to unaffected farms.  Dairy NZ has put together guidance on this for farmers.  MPI is encouraging farmers to continue to send bobby calves and links for processing.

Latest update 15/06/2018

Science investment to support bovis fight

The Coalition Government is investing $30 million over two years in scientific research to support the fight against Mycoplasma bovis, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor.

Read the full release from SCOOP Parliament.

Latest update 07/06/2018

Mycoplasma bovis confirmed in the Wairarapa

Biosecurity New Zealand today confirmed positive test results for Mycoplasma bovis from a property in the Wairarapa.

Read the full release from Ministry for Primary Industries on Mycoplasma bovis.

Latest update 28/05/2018

Plan to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis

Government and farming sector leaders have agreed to attempt the eradication of cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis from New Zealand to protect the national herd and the long-term productivity of the farming sector.

Read the full release from the Minister of Biosecurity on Mycoplasma bovis here.

Latest update 15/05/2018

View the latest update from the Minister of Biosecurity on Mycoplasma bovis here.

Latest update 10/05/2018

Ministry of Biosecurity provides Mycoplasma bovis update

The tracking of cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis shows that more farms than previously expected are likely to be affected by the disease, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor.

To view the update click here.

Latest update 09/05/2018

Infected farm found in new region

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) today confirmed a farm has tested positive for Mycoplasma bovis in the North Canterbury region.

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website.

Latest update 03/5/2018

Second North Island farm confirmed positive for Mycoplasma bovis

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) today confirmed its testing has found a second farm in the North Island with positive Mycoplasma bovis infection.

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website.

Latest update 18/4/2018

Commercial Mycoplasma bovis test being developed

A commercial diagnostic tool, which will allow farmers to test for cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis themselves, is being developed by a partnership comprising commercial laboratories, industry representatives and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website.

Latest update 16/4/2018

MPI committed to efficient Mycoplasma bovis compensation payouts

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is committed to helping farmers affected by the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis receive their due compensation and is working hard to process all current claims.

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website.

Latest update 28/3/2018

MPI releases technical reports

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has today released reports by a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to its Mycoplasma bovis response and an internal report examining potential entry routes (pathways) to New Zealand for the disease. 

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website.

Warranted searches conducted during Mycoplasma bovis investigation

Warranted officers from the Ministry for Primary Industries’ compliance investigations team ran simultaneous searches at 3 locations yesterday as part of an investigation associated with the Mycoplasma bovis response.

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website.

Latest update 26/3/2018

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has determined that all cattle on properties infected with the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis will be culled, and will be working with farmers to do that from today.

"The depopulation of entire herds on all 28 Infected Properties (IPs) in New Zealand is a critical measure to control the spread of the disease and we will be working closely with those farmers to plan how this will happen," says MPI's response director Geoff Gwyn.

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website.

Latest update 23/3/2018

Minister of Agriculture and Biosecurity Damien O’Connor has today announced an intensive programme to track cattle movements across Cook Strait to help control the further spread of cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.

“The previous National Government’s complete failure to enforce the national animal identification and tracing scheme has promoted poor farming practices and seriously compromised our response to the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak.

For more information on the latest update visit Beehive.govt.nz.

Latest update 5/3/2018

Minister of Agriculture and Biosecurity Damien O’Connor today welcomed a joint Government and industry commitment to funding the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak response. 

Funding of $85 million for operational and compensation costs for the outbreak response, beginning 1 July 2017 to the end of the current financial year, was approved by Cabinet today. In December last year, $10M was approved. 

For more information on the latest update visit Beehive.govt.nz/Mycoplasma bovis.

Latest update 23/2/2018

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) urges dairy or beef farmers who believe they may have animals that could be at high risk for Mycoplasma bovis infection to make contact immediately.

The Ministry’s Director of Response, Geoff Gwyn, says MPI is accelerating its tracing and surveillance programme so that a decision whether to proceed with eradication can be made as soon as possible.

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website

Latest update 15/1/2018

Initial results from the first round of milk testing from all producing dairy farms for Mycoplasma bovis indicate eradication of the disease remains a viable option as work to contain it ramps up, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor.

The first round of the joint industry MPI surveillance programme is near completion with no positive detections

For more information on the latest update visit Beehive.govt.nz/Mycoplasma bovis.

Latest update 12/1/2018

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 the disease is present beyond the areas currently identified, checking for other possible regional clusters is essential to building a complete picture of the disease in New Zealand.

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website.

Latest update 10/1/2018

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirms that the bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is present on a farm in the Ashburton area.

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website.

Latest update 12/12/2017

Hastings and Southland properties positive for Mycoplasma bovis

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has identified four new properties as positive for the bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis and strongly suspects one further property.

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website.

Latest update 16/11/2017

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.

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website.

Latest update 08/11/2017

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has this week placed 2 additional properties in the Waimate district under movement controls following suspicious test results for the bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website.

Latest update 12/10/2017

The Ministry for Primary Industries is moving forward with control measures to prevent further spread of the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis, with plans being developed with farmers to cull animals from the known infected farms.

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website.

Latest Update 2/10/2017

The Ministry for Primary Industries' testing programme has identified one new property as positive for the bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website.

Latest Update 9/9/2017

The Ministry for Primary Industries’ testing programme for Mycoplasma bovis continues at pace with over 15,000 tests now completed by MPI's Animal Health Laboratory at Wallaceville. 

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website.

Latest Update 29/8/2017

The Ministry for Primary Industries’ tracing and testing programme has identified three new properties positive for the bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis. 

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website.

Latest Update 23/8/2017

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) strongly suspects a third South Island property is positive for Mycoplasma bovis.

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website.

Latest Update for 11/8/2017

MPI's progress in the response to the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis was the focus of a well-attended public meeting in Waimate last night. 

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website.

Latest Update 7/08/2017

There remains no change to the number of properties with confirmed positive test results for Mycoplasma bovis – two farms, both within the wider Van Leeuwen group of farms. 

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website.

Latest Update 7/08/2017

There have been no further confirmed positive test results and the situation remains at 2 positive affected farms, both in the VLDG. MPI remains cautious and continues testing. 

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website.

Update  4/08/2017

Swift and thorough Mycoplasma bovis testing underway

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) continues to build the picture of where the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is present, to contain and eradicate if possible.

The Ministry is carrying out extensive and thorough testing to establish where the disease is present, to give farmers and the New Zealand public certainty.

Ministry Director of Response Geoff Gwyn says MPI is implementing surveillance and testing in a planned manner, based on prioritising risks and ensuring rigorous sampling and testing protocols are being followed. 

For the next several months further testing is needed to declare that the neighbouring farms are free of the disease.

For more information on the latest update visit MPI's website.

Update 1/8/2017

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will be holding another public meeting in the area affected by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak.  The meeting will provide an update on activities that have taken place since the meeting last week. There will also be an opportunity for questions to the team of experts.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 2 August, 11.00am in the Papakaio Community Hall, corner of Papakaio Rd and Cameron Rd, behind the school. Waimate Mayor Craig Rowley will M.C the meeting.

Update 28/7/2017

View the latest update from www.mpi.govt.nz

Update 27/7/2017

The situation remains that the bacterial disease has been confirmed on one property.

MPI has this affected property under legal controls restricting the movement of risk goods such as stock and equipment off the farm.

Measurements taken to minimise risk 

Ministry Director Response, Geoff Gwyn, says MPI is satisfied that these controls contain the disease and manage the risk as it’s currently understood.

“Right now our strategy is to contain the disease and determine the size of the problem through surveillance and testing.  Once we have defined the problem, we can then look at management options which could include area movement controls, selective culling of some stock or long term management measures.

“These decisions have not been made and won’t be until we can make a fully informed judgement.”

MPI is not naming the actual property or farmer involved.

“We are legally obliged to maintain the privacy of the farmer concerned, unless there is a biosecurity need to do otherwise and this is not necessary right now. 

“We are actively tracing all risk materials on and off the affected property over the past six months and contacting anyone who may need to be aware of the situation.  People who may have received potential risk goods from the affected farm will be contacted urgently by us. This is what MPI does in an animal disease situation.”

Help for farmers

MPI has established an office in Oamaru to base its field staff.  Currently Ministry veterinarians are working with local vets to assess stock on the affected farm and manage the situation.

All farmers are encouraged to undertake their standard animal health practices, including talking to their vet if they see signs of ill health in stock.  This is particularly important if farmers find cattle with mastitis that does not respond to treatment, arthritis, pneumonia and late-term abortion.

Mycoplasma bovis does not infect humans and presents no food safety risk.  There is no concern about consuming milk and milk products.

For full information, including biosecurity measures for farms visit www.mpi.govt.nz.