It is imperative that the Programme maintains momentum and builds on the gains that have been achieved so far in eradicating the disease. The Programme will operate in a way that keeps both farmers and staff safe, with measures in place such as:
- New processes for conducting on-farm sampling during this period are being developed.
- New cleaning and disinfection processes will take place during this period, and activity may be paused while these are developed.
- ICP Managers (case managers) will not be on farm during the lockdown period, except as required to deliver essential services. Regular phone contact will be available.
- Farmers will be contacted via phone before any on-farm visits, no unannounced visits should be expected.
The following processes will continue as normal:
- The purchase and transport of feed.
- The movement of cattle to slaughter (there are disruptions to meat work processing at this point, but we are advised that will be resolved soon).
- All legal notices, including Notices of Direction restricting cattle movements, and Restricted Place Notices remain in effect.
- Planned depopulations will continue.
M. bovis Programme staff will work with all affected farmers to manage their specific situations.
The latest data from the eradication Programme gives us confidence that we’re on track to eradicate the disease from New Zealand. Read our latest eradication update.
Reducing the spread of M. bovis and reducing the number of farms involved in the Programme remains a priority. If you have any questions about M. bovis please call the Liaison team 0800 008 333 or 04 894 5656 or email Mbovis2017_liaison@mpi.govt.nz.