Agriculture Minister calls M.Bovis breakout ‘a wakeup call’

Rural Exchange 16/12/2017

Bacterial disease Mycoplasma bovis has officially hit the North Island, with infected properties discovered in mid-December in Hastings and Ashburton.

Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damian O’Connor joins Rural Exchange to discuss the latest outbreak.

The cattle disease was first discovered in New Zealand in July earlier in 2017.

It’s a bit of a wakeup call for us all.

While it’s been difficult to trace down how the disease has spread, Mr O’Connor confirms that there is a connection with all of the connected properties so far.

“There’s a huge amount of resource going into it,” he says of the disease investigation.

“We are facing biosecurity challenges on a number of fronts,” he says, referring to Kauri dieback. “But at the moment, there’s certainly a focus on Mycoplasma.”

Watch the full interview with Damian O'Connor above. 

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