Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor has asked officials to review the policy of not naming the farms where cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is detected. Since the disease was first confirmed on a Van Leeuwen Dairy Group farm in the Waimate district in July, 12 properties have found to be infected. This week, it was confirmed the disease had been found on properties in the Winton and Hastings areas. Farmers keeping accurate records of stock movements was a vital part of halting the spread of the disease, he said. Nearly 55,000 tests had been conducted on animals to date, and about 3500 cattle had already been culled.
Source: Otago Daily Times December 15, 2017 16:07 UTC