Another Mid Canty farm with bovis

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The Ministry of Primary Industry (MPI) has confirmed another Mid Canterbury dairy property is infected with Mycoplasma bovis, taking the number of infected properties in the district to seven.
Another infected property has also been identified in Canterbury. Both these properties are dairy farms and are connected via animal movements to other known infected properties.
Culling began on properties in Canterbury, Southland and Otago and by the end of last week about 5000 cattle were culled from five properties.
Culling terminated the risk of M.bovis spreading from those farms and MPI believes eradication was still a realistic goal to pursue at this time.
MPI reported a new, commercial diagnostic tool to enable farmers to commission tests for M.bovis was being developed in partnership with commercial laboratories and industry members.
The first case of the bacterial infection Mycoplasma bovis was found in cattle in the Oamaru area in July 2017. The confirmed number of infected properties now sits at 32. There are 51 properties under restricted place notice and under quarrantine control. Since 2017, MPI was working with farmers, industry bodies and local communities to control the spread of the disease and, if possible, eradicate it. MPI’s Animal Health Laboratory had received 120,945 milk samples, and completed 122,532 tests.