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Southland M bovis count grows to nine properties

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The Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed today that another Southland property, a dry stock grazing property, has been infected with the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis. 

This means there are now nine Southland properties that MPI has confirmed are infected with the disease. 

The Ministry’s director of response Geoff Gwyn said right now they needed to hear from any farmers who had bought cows and calves or milk for calf feed from farms that have been publicly identified as infected.

“If these farmers haven’t already heard from us through our tracing work, we would dearly like to hear from them.”

Farmers can call MPI’s confidential freephone – 0800 80 99 66.

Mr Gwyn said MPI was especially interested to hear from people who have received cattle or calves from Southland-based Southern Centre Dairies Limited at any time after January 1, 2016 and had not already been contacted by the Ministry.

“In addition we need to hear from farmers who have used milk from Southern Centre Dairies Limited for calf feed since January 2016,” Mr Gwyn said.

“It’s very important that we hear from these farmers, or any farmer whose animals are showing signs of the disease."

MPI couldn't get rid of it if they left any stone unturned.

"We need these farmers to support all New Zealand beef and dairy farmers and help us find and beat this.”

Mr Gwyn said the owners of Southern Centre Dairies had been supportive of the response activity happening on their farms. 

"This is a really tough time for them and I thank them for their ongoing cooperation. This is a situation that any farmer in New Zealand could find themselves in so I encourage their community to continue to rally around them and give them support.” 

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