The Technical Advisory Group’s report on the Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) eradication programme provides encouraging progress.
Jim van der Poel, DairyNZ Chair says “DairyNZ has been on this journey since the moment we knew this disease had arrived in New Zealand, and today will come as a relief to many farmers.”
“The collaborative approach with the government, Beef and Lamb NZ and other partners and organisations has worked extremely well and together we are making a difference to all our farmers.
“It hasn’t been easy for the 1000 farmers affected, whether they were under active surveillance or restriction, or the disease was found on their farm. DairyNZ is here to support our farmers and we are actively involved every day in managing this disease out of New Zealand, whether it’s providing advice on biosecurity measures on farm, or through the on the ground teams supporting impacted farmers.”
“The DairyNZ, Beef+Lamb NZ Compensation Assistance Team (DBCAT) has now grown to 24 team members and are available to help farmers put their claims together. We know there have been challenges with the compensation package, and we now have people on the ground to help farmers work through the details – it is getting better.
“Thank you to everyone involved in the response to Mycoplasma bovis. This has truly been a team effort, not just of those within MPI, DairyNZ or B+LNZ, but also every dairy and beef farmer across New Zealand.“
“How we fund our portion of the response will be determined through a levy consultation in the new year with our farmers. This is important as the government is funding 68% of the costs of the response, and dairy approximately 30%. Dairy farmers will receive information in the post in the new year”.
For more information, please contact DairyNZ's Senior Communication Manager Lee Cowan on 021930836.