Hundreds of farmers across the country have been affected by Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis). Compensation has proved to be a challenge, so a team was set up to help farmers through the process. The free DBCAT service is run independently by DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb NZ, and supported by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
DBCAT recently assisted Canterbury farmer Adrian Dawson in putting his compensation claim together. He found the team’s support, advice and accessibility invaluable.
“I know we wouldn’t have made it to this point with our claim without the DBCAT team driving it – thanks a million,” says Adrian. “My advice to other farmers going through the process is to be proactive and always be thinking a few actions ahead. There are many hoops to jump through, so educate yourself on the process and know the rules.”
In its first four months the team has grown from three to 21 team members, spread across the country, supporting 194 farmers with their claims. The DBCAT team can help farmers affected by M. bovis with:
- understanding whether you are eligible for compensation
- clarifying what losses you can claim for
- working through the compensation claim forms with you
- supporting you through the compensation claim process.
“None of us wants to be going through this, but it’s much easier with the great support available,” says Adrian. “Between Rural Support, DairyNZ and the DBCAT team, the welfarechecking, advice and support has been amazing. It shows the importance of finding and keeping good people to work the process through with. Red tape takes time, but if you want to be done with it quick, you’re going to have to have to push hard, communicate frequently and dedicate all the time required – good luck.”
If you’re a farmer involved in the M. bovis response and would like help with compensation, email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 0800 322 281. They’ll put you in touch with a compensation assistant to help you through the process and ensure you have the answers you need.
- The DBCAT service is free and open to all farmers affected by M. bovis.
- Its team members across the country assist farmers with putting together their M. bovis compensation claims.
- DBCAT is run independently by DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb NZ, supported by MPI.
This article was originally published in Inside Dairy February 2019