The Government of New Zealand has announced Mycoplasma Bovis eradication plans, which will cost over €528million, as reported in scoop.co.nz.
The plan will hopefully bring an end to the epidemic which first began over twelve months ago. To date, the cattle disease outbreak has cost farmers over €9.5m in loss of production, while over 26,000 cattle have also been culled to date. It is estimated that the “Phased eradication” will cost over €528million in the next decade, with the majority of work carried out in the first two years of the project.
The government will cover 68% of the total costs, with the Dairy NZ and Beef+Lamb New Zealand covering 32% of costs (€165m).
“Today’s decision to eradicate the disease is driven by the government’s desire to protect the national herd from the disease and protect the base of our economy – the farming sector,”, said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Early estimates, by the MPI, suggest that a further 126,000 cattle may be in need of culling as part of the phased eradication. Any infected farms found will be depopulated and disinfected. These farms will have to remain empty for 60 days after treatment. An estimated 142 farms will need to be depopulated in the first year of the programme, with 192 altogether. There are 67 properties listed as restricted at the moment, with 37 active infected areas.
The MPI also say that the claims process for farmers to receive compensation for culled cows will be a lot quicker, taking between 4 to 10 days.