No Myco bovis recorded here

Responsibility, caution urged.

Responsibility, caution urged.

The responsibility for preventing the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis reaching this district lays largely with landowners, Gisborne District Council’s environmental planning and regulations committee has been told.

Environmental services and protection director Nick Zaman said no Mycoplasma bovis had been found in this region but staff did not want to be contributing to the spread of this disease so they had looked at the protocols in terms of going on to a property, and what they did in terms of compliance monitoring.

The latest information from the Ministry for Primary Industries on how it spread showed that testing could produce false positives and false negatives, so it was difficult to set up monitoring of infected stock.

The main sources of the spread of the disease was through feedstock from infected cattle or through the movement of cattle, he said.

The chances of it being spread by people were minimal.

Committee chairwoman Pat Seymour said what was going to be important for this region was that farmers who bought bobby calves to rear in the spring, or 100kg reared calves, were clear about the source of these animals.

Those pastoral farmers who bought bobby calf beef in the spring would have to be very careful as to the course of these animals in the interests of their neighbours and the region.

Bill Burdett asked how the spread into this district could be prevented.

“We have got cows coming in; we have got young cattle coming in,” he said.

Mrs Seymour said it was up to the landowners. It was not something the council could do. Landowners were very aware of the risk.

Mr Burdett said all the stock being brought into the district should be tested before being put on a truck.

Mrs Seymour said that was an issue for the landowners either buying or selling.

Mr Burdett, a farmer, said if Mycoplasma bovis got to his property, it would ruin him.

“That is why we need to be careful,” said Mrs Seymour.

The responsibility for preventing the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis reaching this district lays largely with landowners, Gisborne District Council’s environmental planning and regulations committee has been told.

Environmental services and protection director Nick Zaman said no Mycoplasma bovis had been found in this region but staff did not want to be contributing to the spread of this disease so they had looked at the protocols in terms of going on to a property, and what they did in terms of compliance monitoring.

The latest information from the Ministry for Primary Industries on how it spread showed that testing could produce false positives and false negatives, so it was difficult to set up monitoring of infected stock.

The main sources of the spread of the disease was through feedstock from infected cattle or through the movement of cattle, he said.

The chances of it being spread by people were minimal.

Committee chairwoman Pat Seymour said what was going to be important for this region was that farmers who bought bobby calves to rear in the spring, or 100kg reared calves, were clear about the source of these animals.

Those pastoral farmers who bought bobby calf beef in the spring would have to be very careful as to the course of these animals in the interests of their neighbours and the region.

Bill Burdett asked how the spread into this district could be prevented.

“We have got cows coming in; we have got young cattle coming in,” he said.

Mrs Seymour said it was up to the landowners. It was not something the council could do. Landowners were very aware of the risk.

Mr Burdett said all the stock being brought into the district should be tested before being put on a truck.

Mrs Seymour said that was an issue for the landowners either buying or selling.

Mr Burdett, a farmer, said if Mycoplasma bovis got to his property, it would ruin him.

“That is why we need to be careful,” said Mrs Seymour.

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