Federated Farmers on helping the Govt reach its M bovis decision

Rural Exchange 26/05/2018

Federated Farmers (FF) have working alongside the Government to reach an agreement over the future of Mycoplasma bovis.

The Government will announce its decision on Monday on whether MPI will continue with eradication efforts or shift to controlled management of the disease.

Federated Farmers president Katie Milne tells Rural Exchange that the meetings have been “very collaborative”.

Ms Milne recognises that grazing will a necessity across the country this next week and assures that stock movement can be controlled and traced properly.

“If we don’t get this right, we’re caught in a trap,” she told Rural Exchange.

The process will remain the same as before, but Ms Milne emphasises NAIT compliance and make sure cattle is kept separate from other herds.  

“But you cannot move that feed to the animals, the animals have to be able to go to this feed this week.”

The FF president also addresses NAIT compliance and the consequences for those farmers who do not comply, for whatever reason. 

Watch the full interview with Katie Milne above.

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