MP for Taupo Louise Upston says she is deeply concerned at today’s confirmation that cattle on a farm in her electorate have tested positive for the disease Mycoplasma Bovis.
“The Waikato region is the heartland of New Zealand’s dairy industry and this could have a significant impact.
“This is very concerning for Waikato famers, especially with Gypsy Day approaching on 1 June where thousands of cows change farms. People working between properties need to take extra care, clean their boots and farm equipment.
“Until the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) can provide more detail and confirm that these cases have been contained, I urge all landholders to act with vigilance.
“MPI needs to give certainty so that farmers across the country know what is going on and what needs to be done.
“The expert advice is to limit livestock movements and ensure boundary fences are secure. It’s important that everyone maintains up-to-date animal movement records via the NAIT system.
“Farmers across the region need to know what is happening so that they can take proactive measures to protect their animals. The Government response to date has been lacking and it’s just not good enough,” Ms Upston says.