New science advisory group formed to help M bovis efforts

Rural Exchange 18/08/2018

A science advisory group has been formed to help strengthen current efforts to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis from New Zealand.

The newly-formed M bovis Strategic Science Advisory Group (SSAG) will provide high-level strategic scientific advice to the M bovis governance group.

Chair of the advisory group and MPI’s scientific advisor John Roche says the group members have already met twice, and action will definitely be coming.

"The members of the advisory group understand this is an unsettling time for many farmers and are moving quickly.

"The group has already identified some key priorities for immediate work, and will hold a workshop in September to get wider input into developing the broader science plan," Dr Roche added.

In May, the Government and farming sector leaders agreed to go forward with eradication efforts in attempt to become the first country to rid itself of the cattle disease. 

Watch the full interview with Dr John Roche above.

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