Reporter in the thick of farmer stress over M. bovis

Rural Exchange 07/04/2018

The widespread pressure on farmers affected by Mycoplasma bovis outbreak, particularly in the lower South Island, has made headlines for months on end.

One reporter has been hot on the story each week, telling the stories directly from farmers affected by the disease.

Sally Rae, rural reporter for the Otago Daily Times, has seen and heard reporting on many examples of the dire situations affected farmers have been in and are worried they will not get compensation.

MPI announced another cull to prevent the cattle disease from spreading, with over 22,000 cattle to be included in the round.

The journalist told the Rural Exchange team that affected farmers are concerned with fair compensation and the lengthy process it could take to get the money.

“Consequences are needed if anybody has put farmers, animals and their livelihoods at risk,” she told Rural Exchange.

But MPI is still confident they can eradicate the disease and three properties have been under search warrants related to potential breaches of biosecurity legislation relating to the disease.

Watch the full interview with Sally Rae above.

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