New Zealand Plans To Kill 150,000 Cows To Protect Economy

New Zealand Plans To Kill 150,000 Cows To Protect Economy

New Zealand Plans To Kill 150,000 Cows To Protect Economy

"There has been little global investment in science around this disease so the group will look into testing developments to detect Mycoplasma bovis in individual cows, grow understanding of the disease and identify opportunities to support the New Zealand eradication operation".

According to the Ministry for Primary Industries, so far some 26,000 cows have been culled and it estimates another 126,000 cattle will need to be slaughtered as phased eradication will involve killing all cattle on all infected properties along with cattle on most restricted properties.

Mycoplasma bovis can lead to conditions such as udder infection, pneumonia and arthritis in affected cattle, but does not pose a food safety risk or any risk to humans.

"This is a tough call - no one ever wants to see mass culls". It has 6.6m dairy cows.

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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.

Mycoplasma bovis was first detected in New Zealand in July 2017. The country will spend 886 million New Zealand dollars (Rs 4,150 crore) over two years on the effort to eradicate the disease.

A massive 150,000 cows will be culled as the Government pushes ahead with eradication attempts.

Katie Milne, the national president of the advocacy group Federated Farmers, insisted that authorities would try to make sure affected farmers had all the support they needed, including adequate compensation.

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"This is a necessary, unfortunate part of not having yet a test that clearly identifies the individual animals", he said.

In Ashburton, some farmers are anxious that eradicating Mycoplasma bovis will disproportionately hurt their herds through culling.

"Standing back and allowing the disease to spread would simply create more anxiety for all farmers", she said. It will only be clear by the end of year if the culling of the cows is working.

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