The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) is supporting veterinarians to help farmers respond to the detection of Mycoplasma bovis in Canterbury, Southland and Hawkes Bay.
Find resources for veterinarians and links to updates on the response below.
What is Mycoplasma bovis?
Mycoplasma bovis is a bacterium that causes illness in cattle, including udder infection (mastitis), abortion, pneumonia, and arthritis.
In July 2017, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) detected the bacterial infection Mycoplasma bovis in cattle at a South Canterbury dairy farm. This was the first time it has been found in New Zealand.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has assured the public that the infection cannot be passed on to humans and that it presents no food safety risk. MPI have stated that there is no concern about consuming milk and milk products from affected cattle.
Farmers should call their veterinarian if they suspect their cattle are showing any of the clinical signs of the disease. These can include:
- Mastitis in dry and milking cows.
- Arthritis in cows.
- Late term abortions.
- Premature calves.
- Commercial Mycoplasma bovis test being developed - MPI media release
A commercial diagnostic tool, which will allow farmers to test for cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis themselves, is being developed by a partnership comprising commercial laboratories, industry representatives and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
- MPI committed to efficient Mycoplasma bovis compensation payouts - MPI media release
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is committed to helping farmers affected by the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis receive their due compensation and is working hard to process all current claims.
- Biosecurity checklist
This resource can be used by farmers to help protect their farm. We encourage veterinarians to work through this checklist with their farmer clients.
Recently added info for veterinarians
Ministry for Primary Industries response updates
If you have any concerns about your animals, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible for advice or call MPI on 0800 80 99 66.
Dairy and beef industry advice and guidance specific to Mycoplasma bovis
Information for farmers prepared by the NZVA Society of Dairy Cattle Veterinarians, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and DairyNZ.