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New Zealand plans to slaughter 100,000 cows to eliminate Mycoplasma

30 May 2018, 11:09 | Nichole Osborne

GERALD PIDDOCK STUFF Mycoplasma bovis is the most severe economic biosecurity issue to hit New Zealand predicted to cost $1 billion over 10 years

Mycoplasma bovis is the most severe economic biosecurity issue to hit New Zealand predicted to cost $1 billion over 10

In an effort to eradicate the cow disease Mycoplasma bovis, New Zealand will cull more than 100,00 cows from its national herd.

Radio New Zealand reported that after the cows are killed, infected farms will be disinfected and then ordered to lie fallow for 60 days before new livestock can be allowed to return to the grounds.

Arden herself said she empathizes with the farmers who will have to undergo having all their cows slaughtered, but the government and cattle industry are in agreement that the long-term consequences of letting the disease spread far outweighs any incurred losses with the eradication plan.

The bacterium causes illness in cattle, including udder infections, abortion, pneumonia and arthritis.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she believes it's still possible to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis.

The government said it would bear around two-thirds of the cost, while farmers and the cattle industry will pay the rest.


More than 150,000 cows will be slaughtered over the next two years at a cost of NZ$880m (£459m), as the world's biggest dairy exporter attempts to deal with an outbreak of Mycoplasma disease. The cost of killing the cows is estimated at 886 million New Zealand dollars.

New Zealand has already culled 26,000 cattle in the 10 months since the disease was discovered.

No country has managed to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis so far.

The decision to cull 126,000 cows from the national herd was not an easy one to make.

Katie Milne, president of the advocacy group Federated Farmers, said they would try to ensure that farmers received the financial and emotional support they required.

An investigation launched by the country's Ministry of Primary Industries to determine how the bacteria wound up in the country is still ongoing. According to AP, officials indicated they won't be able to tell until the end of the year whether the mass cow killing plan will work.



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