Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:54

Gypsy Day warning

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The large number of farms affected by Mycoplasma bovis has prompted the Ministry for Primary Industries to issue a warning to dairy farmers, and in particular sharemilkers planning to move stock on Gypsy Day – June 1.

The head of Biosecurity at MPI, Roger Smith says farmers moving stock should urgently check that the farm they are taking their stock to is not in lockdown because of M.bovis. He says if a farm is in lockdown, stock cannot be moved onto that property.

He says if just one farmer does not do their due diligence and checks this out there is the potential for chaos on the day. 

Smith says he asked all the organisations involved in the dairy industry to get this message out to their members. He says the last thing he wants to see is people attempting to move house and their stock and potentially nowhere to go on the day.

Meanwhile a decision is expected early next week about whether MPI will stay with its policy of eradicating M. bovis and therefore continue to slaughter affected stock, or move to controlling the disease.


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