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 Reserve Bank is warning banks to be "far more prudent" about lending to dairy farmers, but says it doesn't see mycoplasma bovis as a threat to financial stability.
The broad swathe of Government and industry fell in behind a 10 year plan costing $886 million to eradicate mycoplasma bovis, the Salvation Army called on the Government to urgently convene an expert group (rather than an MBIE one) to kickstart KiwiSaver, Jacinda Ardern is riding high in the polls (while Simon Bridges isn't) and political turmoil in Italy is threatening to force a referendum on it staying in the euro zone.
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.
The government's next step in the response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis is expected to come in the next week, although Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is still hopeful the cattle disease can be eradicated.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is to crack down on compliance with the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) system, which is to be overhauled after officials struggled to track cattle infected with the Mycoplasma bovis disease.
The government has allocated $85 million of operating funding in the current year to deal with the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak, but a looming report will likely spell out a “significant” bill, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says.
Changing farms on so-called Gypsy Day, when large numbers of farmers shift stock, requires extra precaution because of Mycoplasma bovis but the Ministry for Primary Industries won't prevent animal movements beyond the 300 or so farms under some form of restriction.
New Zealand cow slaughter rates are tracking ahead of last year as the compulsory culling of cattle on properties infected with Mycoplasma bovis swells volumes, weighing on prices.