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Mycoplasma bovis South Island 2017 Stakeholder Update 45, 13 December 2017

Changes from the previous update.

There are many new subscribers to the stakeholder update today as news of the new infected properties circulated through communities. Please share this update widely and encourage people to subscribe to the update.

What can farmers do to protect their farms?
Keep your NAIT movements up-to-date and accurate.
All farmers should take the time to update NAIT movement data online. MPI was able to rapidly trace the animals moved from the infected properties where the farms kept their NAIT movement records up to date and accurate. NAIT is one of the most important tools used by MPI disease investigators when exotic disease is suspected, and it allows investigators to determine where they should search for disease next.

If you buy cattle or use service bulls talk with the vendor and/or your vet to understand their health status. MPI has produced some guidelines for farmers
Managing service bulls
Testing herd and service bulls

Practice good on-farm biosecurity:
Basic farm biosecurity includes monitoring of visitors who interact with cattle, washing and disinfecting of footwear and gear worn between farms, checking and cleaning if necessary any farm vehicles prior to leaving the farm, restricting (as much as possible) movement and mixing of cattle, keeping good, up-to-date health records, and other measures.
Beef+Lamb NZ Dry stock biosecurity guidelines
DairyNZ Farm biosecurity

Implement three elements of on-farm hygiene
Separate – limit the movement of people and equipment on to the farm
Clean before disinfecting
Disinfect according to the manufacturer’s instructions
MPI have developed a downloadable Cleaning and Disinfection Guide.

What if you suspect Mycoplasma bovis in your herd?
Farmers should look out for:
unusual mastitis in cattle that doesn’t respond to treatment,
arthritis in cows and calves,
late-term abortion,
pneumonia in calves.
Mycoplasma bovis – what to look for

Not all infected animals get sick, but they can pass on the disease to other animals.  The greatest risk of Mycoplasma bovis infection is through close contact between animals.

In the first instance call your veterinarian.

If your veterinarian advises, call the Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline (0800 80 99 66). You will be asked for your name, contact details, and any other details you wish to provide (all details are confidential). An investigating veterinarian will phone you back and help with assessment and follow-up of the case. All response testing forMycoplasma bovis is covered by MPI.

What can farm service providers do to protect their business and customers?
Don’t arrive unannounced. Let the farmer know you plan to visit their farm and ask their requirements.
Work with the farmer to comply with any farm biosecurity requirements.
Clean and disinfect footwear, protective clothing and equipment before coming on farm.
Be proactive, assure farmers of your hygiene practices.
Farmers on the Restricted Places must have a permit from MPI to move animals to other farms or direct to slaughter. Each permit includes requirements for cleaning and disinfection of the stock truck.

What should trucking companies be doing?
Trucking companies should work with the farmers to meet their hygiene requirements.
All the properties under Restricted Place Notice require permits to move animals. The permits requires that the truck is cleaned and disinfected at the end of each movement.

Is it safe for tradies/truckies etc who come from infected farms to come to my farm?
It is absolutely safe for tradies/truckies to come from infected farms to other properties.
All infected farms are under strict legal controls under the Biosecurity Act. These controls include a comprehensive cleaning and disinfection protocol which has been provided to them by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). This protocol ensures that vehicles pose a negligible biosecurity risk.
All vehicles are being cleaned and disinfected on leaving the properties. Vehicles carrying animals – for example transporters to the meat processing premises – are disinfecting on exit, going directly to the meat processor (not to other farms) and then being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected at the plant on completing the job.

Vehicles from neighbouring farms are not required to clean vehicles leaving their properties as the biosecurity risk is considered by MPI to be very small. If this situation changes MPI will notify us.

Today the Restricted Property Notices were lifted from 4 properties and replaced by Notices of Direction, this is a first step in returning those properties to normal operations.

MPI will be holding a public meeting in the Napier Conference Centre at 6:30pm Wednesday 20 December. Please RSVP through the MPI Facebook pagehttps://web.facebook.com/MPIgovtnz

MPI will be holding a public meeting in the Winton area in the evening of Tuesday 19 December. Time and venue are to be confirmed. Keep an eye of the MPI Facebook page for event details https://web.facebook.com/MPIgovtnz