Our risk management of Mycoplasma bovis

Given the ongoing situation with the Mycoplasma bovis cattle disease in New Zealand, we want to provide you with peace of mind and confidence in LIC services on your farm.

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. MPI have reviewed and approved these.

We are:

  • Testing our bulls for added reassurance. Although we have no reason to believe this disease can get into our bulls, due to their quarantine status and close monitoring, we will continue to test all AB bulls commercially available and screen any new bulls on offer.
  • Maintaining a high standard of hygiene on-farm, at all times. All LIC field staff have been issued with heightened procedures and are maintaining a high standard of hygiene practices at all times. This includes not arriving on-farm unannounced, always arriving with clean boots, clothing and equipment and complying with any additional biosecurity requirements for our customer’s farms.

 We encourage you to:

  • Practice good on-farm biosecurity – manage visitor access to your farm carefully and provide a wash station. MPI and DairyNZ have some good tips to help with this.
  • If herd testing, always put a sanitiser rinse through the meters followed by a fresh water rinse, before and after the herd test, and leave the equipment as you would expect to receive it on your farm.
  • Contact us if you have any concerns about LIC staff or equipment – local herd testing depot, Contact Centre 0800 264 632, or your LIC representative.