Workshops on cattle disease ‘worthwhile’

The interactive, two-hour sessions held in Ruatoria and in Gisborne at the Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club on Thursday and Friday drew farmers and other farm professionals.

There was also a session held in Wairoa yesterday.

“We looked at the importance of management activities, resources and sharing experiences that help in keeping out or limiting the impact of diseases on-farm,” said Sean Bennett, MPI regional recovery co-ordinator for the East Coast.

The latest Biosecurity New Zealand situation report shows no “active” properties for the cattle disease M.bovis in Tairawhiti.

Three infected properties reported earlier this year have been cleared of the disease.

However, there are four properties in Tairawhiti under “notices of direction”, where animals continue to be tested.

“We covered off the steps farmers should take when MPI makes contact about the disease.

“We talked about steps farmers and other farm professionals can take to strengthen on-farm biosecurity and how to avoid M.bovis on-farm or minimise the impact.” Mr Bennett said they also looked at local issues and challenges.

“We are collating that information, which we will use to work out how we can best strengthen relationships, get better information, create better on-farm awareness and stengthen on-farm biosecurity.

“It’s not just about M.bovis, it’s also about issues like bovine tuberculosis.

“Overall, it’s about reducing the risks to farm businesses.”

Mr Bennett said the sessions were well worthwhile.

“They’ve been good. You’ve just got to put a peg in the ground and start engaging more with the farming community and with rural professionals.

“These have been only the first meetings. There will be more, along with regular updates.”

The interactive, two-hour sessions held in Ruatoria and in Gisborne at the Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club on Thursday and Friday drew farmers and other farm professionals.

There was also a session held in Wairoa yesterday.

“We looked at the importance of management activities, resources and sharing experiences that help in keeping out or limiting the impact of diseases on-farm,” said Sean Bennett, MPI regional recovery co-ordinator for the East Coast.

The latest Biosecurity New Zealand situation report shows no “active” properties for the cattle disease M.bovis in Tairawhiti.

Three infected properties reported earlier this year have been cleared of the disease.

However, there are four properties in Tairawhiti under “notices of direction”, where animals continue to be tested.

“We covered off the steps farmers should take when MPI makes contact about the disease.

“We talked about steps farmers and other farm professionals can take to strengthen on-farm biosecurity and how to avoid M.bovis on-farm or minimise the impact.” Mr Bennett said they also looked at local issues and challenges.

“We are collating that information, which we will use to work out how we can best strengthen relationships, get better information, create better on-farm awareness and stengthen on-farm biosecurity.

“It’s not just about M.bovis, it’s also about issues like bovine tuberculosis.

“Overall, it’s about reducing the risks to farm businesses.”

Mr Bennett said the sessions were well worthwhile.

“They’ve been good. You’ve just got to put a peg in the ground and start engaging more with the farming community and with rural professionals.

“These have been only the first meetings. There will be more, along with regular updates.”

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