New Zealand orders mass culling of cattle to halt outbreak

New Zealand orders mass culling of cattle to halt outbreak

The decision, dubbed "phased eradication", was made collectively by the government and farming sector bodies and the estimated cost is $886 million over 10 years. The farmer can not protest against the move as it is to protect the country from the spreading of the disease and in larger good of New Zealand, claimed its government.

Forty-four percent say it's fair, 44.5 percent say it's not fair and 12 percent don't know.

Around 146,000 cows will be slaughtered in an attempt to eliminate Mycoplasma bovis.

The Government today said it had reached an agreement with farming sector leaders to attempt to eradicate the disease, which is not harmful to humans.

"[There are] 450,000 cows in Ashburton, mid-Canterbury".

New Zealand is known to be the biggest dairy exporter all over the globe and produces near about three percent of the total milk produced in the world.

FILE PHOTO: Clouds gather above a cow as it grazes in a drought-effected paddock on the outskirts of the New Zealand town of Blenheim, located in the south island's Marlborough district March 12, 2013.

Speaking to affected farmers in recent weeks, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it was obvious it had taken a toll, but standing back and allowing the disease to spread would simply create more anxiety for all farmers. "Let's take this window while we have it, as we will never have this opportunity again".




As at May 24, the number of infected farms was 37, in Waikato, Hawke's Bay, Manawatu, Canterbury, Otago and Southland. In particular farmers need to be meticulous with animal movement records and the way they use NAIT.

DairyNZ said it backed the Government in its efforts to eradicate the cattle disease.

"The majority of animals that we do cull in New Zealand are all healthy".

O'Connor said it was important all farmers showed a collective responsibility for the sake of the wider sector and get on board with the eradication plan.

"Our borders in particular make it possible, we do believe we are taking it on at a point that it is possible to eradicate, more than 99 per cent of farms do not have it, we want to protect them from having it". It is a biosecurity breach so they have the powers.

The ambitious plan will see 126,000 cattle slaughtered on top of the 26,000 already killed or earmarked for death.

Lewis, who has handled hundreds of calls from anxious dairy farmers in recent months, said the decision meant a "big challenge ahead for us all".

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