The Technical Advisory Group has identified areas of the response that have been handled extremely well, as well as useful learnings for future handling of incursions.
Tim Mackle, DairyNZ Chief Executive says that it’s good to see that MPI had recognised the resourcing challenges to the investigation, and the impact that poorly maintained NAIT records has had on the response.
“We are strongly advising all farmers to comply with NAIT, as poor records can undermine and complicate any investigation into disease spread – something we cannot have if we’re to respond quickly and effectively to future incursions. At the same time, the system needs to improve and the review that has been carried out will recommend improvements to NAIT”.
“We look forward to ongoing opportunities to work in partnership with MPI, other sector groups and farmers, to use the learnings identified through this report, and no doubt future reports as the response continues,” says Tim.
“We are strongly supportive of the MPI investigation, which we hope will identify the pathway of entry. This, plus depopulation of affected herds, are steps towards possible eradication of Mycoplasma bovis in New Zealand” says Tim.
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