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Farmers support MPI investigation

Federated Farmers continues to support the Ministry for Primary Industries’ determination to track down the source of the Mycoplasma bovis cattle disease which has triggered New Zealand’s largest and most expensive biosecurity response.

“Farmers need to know how it got here,” Federated Farmers dairy sector chair Chris Lewis says.

Feds supports the continuing search for the source of the disease in this country, which involved MPI searching several properties.

Finding out how Mycoplasma bovis got into New Zealand is not only vital to prevent further incursions of Mycoplasma bovis, but may also reduce the risk of other pests and diseases that decimate other countries from breaching our borders.

“Mycoplasma bovis has had a significant effect on the farming sector and farming families and will continue to impose significant stress on farmers, industry, MPI and the entire country – regardless of whether it can be eradicated or we have to live with the disease,” Chris says.

Source: Federated Farmers

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