POSSIBLE MBOVIS ERADICATION GOOD NEWS FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES
Government’s announcement that Mycoplasma bovis (M.bovis) is close to eradication is welcome news for New Zealand’s rural communities says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).
“We are breathing a sigh of relief on behalf of our rural communities with the news that 51 properties are now cleared of M.bovis, 32 properties still to clear and no new outbreaks,”” says National President, Fiona Gower.
“These last six months have been hard on rural communities, particularly those where infected properties were identified.
“RWNZ is pleased that the spring has not heralded any new infections and that farming families can go in to Christmas with an air of cautious relief.
“Whilst there have been some challenges with financial support for affected farmers and the psychological toll of having to cull healthy livestock, rural communities have been supportive of each other and the need for tighter on-farm biosecurity measures.
“New Zealand is not out of the woods yet and until the remaining 32 properties are cleared, we must continue to be vigilant.
“RWNZ is looking forward to the day when the number zero is listed in MPI’s weekly M.bovis Stakeholder Update,” says Ms Gower.
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