MEDIA RELEASE - LIC is continuing its heightened biosecurity measures this season,
including daily semen testing introduced last year for its 10,000 farmer
shareholders across the country.
LIC Chief Executive Wayne McNee says it’s important that New
Zealand remains vigilant in responding to the threat of M. bovis to support the
Government’s goal of eradicating the disease.
“As New Zealand continues to grapple with M. bovis, we continue to
take all measures possible to help protect farmers herd assets and the value of
the New Zealand dairy industry through effective, workable, best practice biosecurity.”
When M. bovis was confirmed in New Zealand in July 2017, LIC rapidly
instigated a company-wide biosecurity response, including the introduction of a
comprehensive testing regime for its artificial breeding bulls and rigorous
MPI-approved biosecurity protocols across its business operations.
To date, the co-operative has tested more than 20,000 samples from
its bulls, which have all been clear (M. bovis not detected).
LIC’s efforts to protect the national herd from M. bovis have been
praised, with the co-op receiving the GIA Industry Award at the Biosecurity Awards dinner last night in Auckland.
McNee says the co-op is honoured to be recognised for its efforts
to help protect the national herd and reassure NZ dairy farmers in the face of
“We’re currently in the peak mating season where LIC artificial
breeding technicians inseminate around 100,000 cows each day.”
“It’s critical to LIC and the
dairy industry that we continue to take all possible measures to protect our
bulls and effectively manage any risk of transmission by our staff or equipment.”
LIC’s additional biosecurity measures ensure every point of
contact with farms is addressed. All herd testing equipment that comes into
contact with milk is disinfected between farms. LIC staff have been issued with
a bucket, brush and disinfectant to be used when they first arrive on farm and
“Our industry has been dealing with this significant challenge
since July 2017 and we can’t afford to become complacent. It’s critical we
don’t give up on the eradication effort.”
The annual New Zealand Biosecurity Awards recognise and celebrate
outstanding people and organisations across New Zealand who are contributing to
New Zealand's biosecurity.
For more information on the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards, please
information on LIC’s biosecurity measures, please visit www.lic.co.nz/about/biosecurity/