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New Zealand farmers affected with cow disease mycoplasma bovis

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The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) of New Zealand confirmed its testing has found a second farm in the North Island with positive Mycoplasma bovis infection.

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The Ministry's director of response, Geoff Gwyn says the affected farm is a mixed sheep and beef property in the Pahīatua area, near Palmerston North in the Manawatū.

"This farm has been identified through tracing and use of NAIT (National Animal Identification and Tracing) records and is connected to other infected properties through animal movements.

"The farmer concerned has been very cooperative with movement controls and has not moved any animals off the property, except to slaughter, since even before legal restrictions were issued," Mr Gwyn says.

MPI says while this is the second North Island detection it should not be considered a major turning point in the response.

"This is, in fact, just a further property uncovered through robust tracing activity. It is likely we will find further positive properties as this tracing continues.

"We have a number of farms in the North and South Islands under quarantine while we carry out testing. The reality of farming is that large numbers of cattle are routinely moved about the country.

"This Pahīatua detection is part of the large network of associated farms that we are finding," says Mr Gwyn.

As well as the Pahīatua property, MPI also confirms 2 further positive properties in Southland.

Both these farms are also mixed sheep and beef farms. There are no further positive properties to report at this time, including in the Waikato as has been speculated.

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