Properties under active surveillance do not have any restrictions for moving stock (unlike those under Notice of Direction or Restricted Place Notice), however biosecurity precautions are vital. Around 395 properties across New Zealand are currently under active surveillance for M. bovis.
DairyNZ South Island lead Tony Finch says farms under active surveillance should work closely with their grazier to develop a plan which protects themselves and the grazier.
“With winter fast approaching, planning and preparation is of the utmost importance now,” says Mr Finch. “Stock can still be sent to grazing but communication is key – make a plan together and be open and honest.”
A farm under active surveillance has a lower risk that its cattle are infected with M. bovis and, while testing is undertaken to check for infection, there are no movement restrictions.
“Less than 5 percent of properties under active surveillance go on to have confirmed status – so the risk is low, but careful management remains absolutely essential,” said Mr Finch.
“Farmers looking for advice and support are encouraged to contact us, we have staff on the ground who can help answer questions and prepare a plan. Shifting stock requires separate management of multiple mobs, completing NAIT requirements, following biosecurity precautions and record keeping.”
All dairy farmers looking for advice or support around M. bovis are encouraged to contact DairyNZ – staff can help farmers continue as normally as possible while under surveillance or restrictions.
“Our M. bovis team can help support farmers with managing the herd and forward planning into the next dairy season.”
Farmers can call DairyNZ on 0800 4 324 7969, contact their local consulting officer or the Rural Support Trust.
For more information, visit www.dairynz.co.nz/mbovis-surveillance.