'Exclusion of cattle at Show due to Mycoplasma Bovis risk, disappointing but necessary'

'With cattle coming from different properties to the showgrounds it’s just too risky at present'

'With cattle coming from different properties to the showgrounds it’s just too risky at present'

NO SHOW CATTLE: Entries in the Poverty Bay A and P Show's cattle section will be judged on farms due to the Mycoplasma Bovis concerns. Picture by Murray Robertson

The decision this week by the Spring Show organisers to exclude cattle from the Showgrounds Park for the October town and country get together was a disappointment but necessary, said Paul Williams from Turihaua Station, sponsors of the Turihaua Supreme Heifer Challenge.

Like the organisers of many other shows round New Zealand, the Gisborne show organisers made the call because of concerns around Mycoplasma Bovis.

“Obviously it is disappointing not to have live cattle at the show, and hopefully it is only a one-off,” Paul said.

“But it’s really important the district makes a stand against M.Bovis. With cattle coming from different properties to the showgrounds it’s just too risky at present.

"It’s good the competition will still be run, with the stock judged on their stations, not at the showgrounds. The prizes will still be the same.” Picture by Murray Robertson

The decision this week by the Spring Show organisers to exclude cattle from the Showgrounds Park for the October town and country get together was a disappointment but necessary, said Paul Williams from Turihaua Station, sponsors of the Turihaua Supreme Heifer Challenge.

Like the organisers of many other shows round New Zealand, the Gisborne show organisers made the call because of concerns around Mycoplasma Bovis.

“Obviously it is disappointing not to have live cattle at the show, and hopefully it is only a one-off,” Paul said.

“But it’s really important the district makes a stand against M.Bovis. With cattle coming from different properties to the showgrounds it’s just too risky at present.

"It’s good the competition will still be run, with the stock judged on their stations, not at the showgrounds. The prizes will still be the same.” Picture by Murray Robertson

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