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    Posted: May 09 2018 at 5:26am

Cattle disease Mycoplasma found on North Canterbury farm

A sheep and beef farm near Cheviot in North Canterbury has been confirmed infected with the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.

It is the first time the disease has been detected in the region, and brings the total number of farms infected throughout the country to 36.

Late last year the disease was discovered on a lifestyle block in Rangiora, north of Christchurch, but that is considered in Canterbury, whereas the new detection is in a new, separate region.

Biosecurity New Zealand, the new unit within the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said in a statement the mixed sheep and beef farm near Cheviot was under movement controls restricting the movement of any risk goods, including animals, on or off the property.

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"The farm was identified through the tracing of animals from known infected farms. It is connected to other infected properties through animal movements."

Mycoplasma bovis response incident controller Catherine Duthie said the discovery of new infected properties was not because the disease was spreading off infected farms.

"All the infected farms we know about are in quarantine lock down and no movements of risk goods, including animals, are allowed off them.

"Rather, the new finds are the result of our tracing uncovering historical movements of animals and then confirming the infection through testing. These movements, in many cases, took place before we even knew Mycoplasma bovis was in the country."

It was "very possible" that more infected farms would be found.


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