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Minimal impact to LIC services from Mycoplasma bovis
09 Aug 2017

LIC expects minimal impact, if any, to its herd testing and artificial breeding services this season as a result of the recent discovery of the cattle disease, Mycoplasma bovis, in South Canterbury.

“We remain in regular contact with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and continue to watch the situation closely,” said Dr Richard Spelman, LIC chief scientist.

“We expect it will evolve over the coming weeks, but at this stage the message to our farmers is business as usual. We emailed our farmers this week to tell them we expect minimal impact on our service delivery this season, but we are preparing in case the situation escalates,” Spelman said.

As a service provider to the majority of dairy farms in the country, LIC has a responsibility to minimise any risk of transferring infection from cow to cow or herd to herd, and to comply with MPI regulations and any directives, he said.

“MPI have advised that spread of the disease off-farm is mostly through the movement of cattle, and spread between cows is from close contact and contaminated equipment used on the infected animals. We are confident the procedures we have in place will effectively manage any risk of transmission by our staff or equipment. For added safety, our procedures are heightened in times of potential disease outbreak,” Spelman said.

All LIC field staff have been reminded about the need to maintain a high standard of hygiene practices at all times and to be extra vigilant while this investigation is underway. This applies nationwide. Extra precautionary measures also apply for any farms declared a ‘restricted place’ by MPI. LIC will only service these farms with MPI permission. Services would be strictly limited to AB, and all equipment used on the farm will be left on the farm.

If LIC farmers have any questions about the co-op’s services during this time, please contact your LIC representative.

The MPI website covers the latest updates, information about the disease and what is being done to try and control its spread.


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