Gisborne dairy herds to be tested

THE small number of dairy herds in the Gisborne region will be among the first in the country to be tested for the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovism in a new testing programme.

Dairy companies, industry groups and the Ministry of Primary Industries have worked together to formulate the programme.

The disease has been a particular problem in the southern regions of the South Island, but a case has been found in Hawke’s Bay.

“This programme will give MPI the information it needs to decide next steps,” said Fonterra communications manager Meagan Murdoch.

The programme involves testing nearly 11,000 herds across seven regions.

“Testing involves taking three samples with tanker drivers to collect them and send them to the laboratory.”

The small number of Tairawhiti dairy herds have been included in the central region, where testing starts on February 13.

THE small number of dairy herds in the Gisborne region will be among the first in the country to be tested for the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovism in a new testing programme.

Dairy companies, industry groups and the Ministry of Primary Industries have worked together to formulate the programme.

The disease has been a particular problem in the southern regions of the South Island, but a case has been found in Hawke’s Bay.

“This programme will give MPI the information it needs to decide next steps,” said Fonterra communications manager Meagan Murdoch.

The programme involves testing nearly 11,000 herds across seven regions.

“Testing involves taking three samples with tanker drivers to collect them and send them to the laboratory.”

The small number of Tairawhiti dairy herds have been included in the central region, where testing starts on February 13.

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