More than 99% of the country’s dairy herds have no signs of this
disease, and we want to keep it that way.
We are confident the robust procedures we already
have in place will protect our bulls from the disease and effectively manage
any risk of transmission by our staff or equipment. For added safety, our
procedures are heightened in times of potential disease outbreak.
We want you to be
fully informed about where we stand on this so you can have confidence in your
bulls from M. bovis is critical to us and critical to the dairy industry:
have extensively tested our bulls and haven’t found any sign or indication of
M. bovis in our bulls or semen.
We are taking action to safeguard our bull
stud and help protect the national herd.
- Isolation of new
bulls for health testing before they enter an LIC property including M. bovis testing .
- All bulls are under
quarantine measures and monitored daily for any health concerns.
- Daily testing of every semen collection (from 3rd September) with
results confirmed before semen is dispatched to farmers.
- In addition to semen testing, routine testing of
our bulls for M. bovis using preputial samples.
- Additional antibiotic added to the semen
diluents which targets M. bovis.
As M. bovis is mainly spread between cattle in
close contact, the best way we can protect our bulls is to continue with our
strict animal management and monitoring measures.
making changes to the way we work as a result of M. bovis:
LIC staff have been issued with heightened hygiene protocols for all farm
visits and will comply with
any additional biosecurity requirements for your farm.
won’t turn up unannounced. If a visit from LIC is not expected, we will contact
will always arrive with clean boots, clothing and equipment.
- We won’t use or
provide dirty equipment.
- We will use a farm’s wash station, or our own cleaning equipment
(bucket, brush and disinfectant) when we first arrive on farm and before leaving the property.
If we visit or
service properties deemed a ‘restricted place’ by MPI, any clothing and/or
equipment will not be worn or used on any other property.
More changes to
the way we work are in the Q&A.
We also encourage you to:
good on-farm biosecurity. MPI and DairyNZ have
some good tips to help with this.
us if you are under any notice from MPI.
to record animal movements in MINDA.
us if you have any concerns about LIC staff or equipment.
our FarmWise Consultants to assist with any compensation claims.
more information about M. bovis please visit the MPI website.
Questions and Answers