You will no doubt be keeping a close eye on the current Mycoplasma bovis biosecurity situation MPI is managing in South Canterbury. If you want to receive the MPI updates directly, email MBovis2017_Liaison@mpi.govt.nz to be added to the mailing list.
DairyNZ is working closely with MPI as well as Van Leeuwen Dairy Group farms, to contain the biosecurity risk and to understand the potential impacts of Mycoplasma bovis. Ultimately, we are here to support you and we know how unsettling this situation is. We have DairyNZ staff on the ground, and if you have any direct questions you want answers to, contact us on 0800 4 DairyNZ (0800 4 324 7969) and we will we’ll pass you onto the best person to answer your questions.
We’ll also be at the MPI-hosted meeting on Thursday 10 August at 6:30pm at:
A&P Shears Pavilion
26 Hakataramea Highway
If you can make it, we highly recommend attending to ask questions and understand more about this response. We’ll have people on the ground to chat to you and answer any questions.
There has been a concern raised about truck movements from the Van Leeuwen farms. MPI are keen to reassure you that several dedicated trucks are being used to move Van Leeuwen stock. AsureQuality are riding along with these vehicles to ensure cleaning and disinfecting and permit protocols are being met. Stock movements from the known infected properties are only allowed under permit direct to slaughter, following veterinary inspection. There are also rigorous cleaning and disinfecting requirements in place. All other restricted Van Leeuwen properties are only able to move stock either within the Van Leeuwen property or directly to slaughter under permit.
Even with the above controls in place, it is important to protect your farm at this time as MPI works hard to understand if Mycoplasma bovis has spread further afield. Having the right biosecurity measures in place is vital, so please make sure you are familiar with what you need to do. Talking to your local vet is a good first option.
It's important that you’re getting the answers you need, so please call us if you have a burning question. We’re also keeping the website up to date, so check out DairyNZ - Mycoplasma bovis and MPI website