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MPI Raises Restrictions on Farms to Stop Spread of M. Bovis

18 April 2019

NEW ZEALAND - Farmers will need to brace themselves for a surge in the number of properties that cannot move stock off their farms as officials grapple with controlling the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.

The Ministry for Primary Industries said 300 farmers who had high risk animals move on to their properties would be contacted, of whom 250 would have notices of direction placed on them.

At present there are 103 farms with notices of direction on them, generally meaning stock cannot be moved off a farm until testing has shown they are clear.

M bovis programme director Geoff Gwyn said between 10-12 per cent of the 250 properties "may" be confirmed with the disease.

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