The government in New Zealand have warned that more farmers in the country have been affected by the outbreak of Mycoplasma Bovis in their herds, as reported by Newshub.co.nz.
It has been reported that over 11,000 cattle have been culled to date as a result of the disease, with over 22,000 in the process of being culled. Last Wednesday the 38th farm with an outbreak of the disease was confirmed, with expectations that another 40 will be soon to follow.
It has also been confirmed that another 1,700 farms are of interest, as they lie in close proximity to infected farms or because of high-risk movement of livestock. The Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor has noted that all infected properties are connected in some form and said tracing the outbreaks was more difficult because of the national animal tracking system in place (NAIT).
"We could have tracked this more quickly if the system had been used properly. The previous Government's inaction, lack of enforcement and promotion of NAIT has created major issues for hunting down Mycoplasma bovis.", he said.
One dairy farmer, Mr. Lewis, was in agreement over the insufficiencies of the animal tracking system.
"Some farmers have not done a good enough job but also the system we use has not been good enough.", he noted.
The National’s MPI spokesperson, Nathan Guys, questioned whether the funding was in the budget to effectively manage or eradicate the disease.
"Compensation has been too slow and farmers are starting to hurt now. The banks are circling," he said.
"They've got a Hell of a decision to make. The issue is about political management now - whether there's enough funding in the Budget.", he concluded.