Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor has changed his tune on primary growth partnerships after a review into the initiative found them "a worthwhile public investment".
Farmers will now be told when a neighbouring farm has been infected with mycoplasma bovis.
Damien O’Connor says some farmers are continuing to risk biosecurity in the wake of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. He also backs the idea of an EQC-style levy on farmers. Thomas Coughlan reports
The Government plans to eradicate mycoplasma bovis over 10 years, but will start by allowing mass stock movements from Friday that rely on a discredited tracking system, Thomas Coughlan reports.
Compensation paid to oyster farmers is less than one-tenth paid to livestock farmers affected by Mycoplasma bovis. David Williams reports.
The Government has announced that it will attempt to eradicate the cattle disease mycoplasma bovis.
Ahead of today’s crucial Cabinet decision about the Mycoplasma bovis response, David Williams argues that MPI has a huge job ahead – to regain farmers’ trust.
The arrival of Mycoplasma bovis has been a huge wake-up call for the country’s animal tracing system. David Williams reports on the drive to improve it.
It’s far from clear that the Government’s dairy industry review announced this week will really get to grips with the sector’s opportunities and challenges, let alone recommend legislative and policy change that will help it with its next great phase of development.
Agriculture, Food Safety and Biosecurity Minister Damien O'Connor has decided to keep the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) intact as one ministry, but it will reorganise it into four branches.