Tim Mackle, DairyNZ Chief Executive, says the investigation into three properties (two in the South Island and one in the North Island) means we are a step closer to understanding how M. bovis entered New Zealand, which will help us understand how to stop it entering in the future.
“If any farmers have put their fellow farmers, animals and livelihoods at risk, let alone the New Zealand economy at risk, then there need to be consequences, and that’s what other farmers are saying to me”.
“We are extremely concerned to hear that legislation may have been breached in this way. The biosecurity rules and laws are in place for good reasons, and this M. bovis outbreak is a sobering reminder of that,” says Tim.
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