New Zealand to kill 150 000 cows to end bacterial disease

Frederick Owens
May 30, 2018

Although many cows are expected to be killed at processing plants and be used for beef, some may have to be killed and buried on farms or in specified landfills, AP reported.

Government forecasts estimate if the disease was allowed to spread unchecked, it would cost the industry NZ$1.3bn in lost production in 10 years.

"The majority of animals that we do cull in New Zealand are all healthy".

"Newly appointed science adviser Dr John Roche has been tasked with researching new tools for the fight against Mycoplasma bovis. We need to protect that export earning capacity in our country", he said.

All infected farms found in the future will be depopulated.

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According to MPI's modelling, in year one 142 farms will need to be depopulated and 192 in total. Of those, 37 are active infected properties.

Mr Peters claims compensation could top around five-million dollars, including losses for more than a million tonnes of feed.

Already present in the USA and Europe, it has never been successfully eradicated before. "I think what we are doing here is having the best shot at eradication" and noted that if the country doesn't try immediately eradication will be off the table.

"But the alternative is the spread of the disease across our national herd", Ardern said, adding that it was vital to protect farming, a key sector of New Zealand's economy. But the Government hopes the early discovery in New Zealand gives them a chance of eradicating it here. O'Connor also noted that only one strain of the disease has been identified and "we believe that's come from one source". It is essential that the Government has accurate and up-to-date information to gauge whether it is working.

Long-term management has a projected cost of $1.2 billion. The two-year cull will cost about £460 million. "A quarter of them are being wiped out in the next 10 years", he told Newshub.

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