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Massey experts are urging best-practice for farmers to prevent the future spread of disease, in light of an outbreak of disease due to Mycoplasma bovis on a large South Canterbury farm.
Dean of Massey University's Veterinary School, Associate Professor Jenny Weston says while the outbreak is being contained and investigated, it is important for all farmers to be thinking about biosecurity and what animals, people and vehicles coming onto their farms might be carrying.
“Nearly all farmers will buy in breeding bulls/rams, meaning they could also be bringing in infectious diseases like BVD [Bovine Viral Diarrhoea] and Johne's Disease, which are important to look out for, as well as drench-resistant parasites and antibiotic resistant pathogens.”
“There are a few things farmers can do to ensure the health and welfare of their livestock and that maintain the smooth running of their business,” Dr Weston says.
Other things to consider include:
For more information on the outbreak and preventing the disease, visit the Ministry for Primary Industries website here.
Created: 04/08/2017 | Last updated: 03/08/2017
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