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.
Video update from NZVA President
In this short video, NZVA President Peter Blaikie explains the NZVA's role in the eradication decision, what NZVA is doing to support members and farmers, and the role of our new M. bovis Steering Group.
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 directs cull on all Mycoplasma bovis infected properties - MPI media release The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has determined that all cattle on properties infected with the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis will be culled, and will be working with farmers to do that from today (26 March).
Mycoplasma bovis Full technical information prepared by the NZVA’s Society of Dairy Cattle Veterinarians.
Best practice biosecurity protocols Advice from the NZVA Society of Dairy Cattle Veterinarians and the Sheep and Beef Cattle Vets Branch on what biosecurity measures should be taken to minimise the risk of the introduction of Mycoplasma bovis on farms.