• Government and farmers agree phased eradication plan
• Swifter compensation for farmers promised
• Estimated cost of $886m
Government and farming sector leaders have agreed to attempt the eradication of cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis from New Zealand to protect the national herd and the long-term productivity of the farming sector.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor say we have one shot at eradicating a disease that causes painful, untreatable illness in cattle.
The decision was taken collectively by Government and farming sector bodies after months of intense modelling and analysis to understand the likely impacts of the disease, the potential spread and the costs and benefits of eradication versus other actions. . .
Today’s decision of phased eradication over two years of the cattle disease Mycoplasma Bovis will bring a significant level of certainty to the farmers around the country, National’s Agriculture Spokesperson Nathan Guy says.
“I’m pleased a decision has finally been made and that an agreement has also been struck to share the costs of this response between industry and Government,” Mr Guy says.
“This disease has caused enormous stress and anxiety for farming families. The financial and emotional toll on farmers has been significant and the Rural Support Trust has done an outstanding job supporting those in need. . .
There is no doubt the decision announced today to continue to attempt to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis from New Zealand is going to cause pain and anguish for more farmers, Federated Farmers president Katie Milne says.
“But industry has always, from the beginning of this, been committed to working with the government to eradicate, if the science said it was feasible,” she says.
Federated Farmers believes getting rid of this insidious disease is preferable to living with it, for years on end, probably without any compensation available for farmers in future when it does hit and can’t be controlled. . .
Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) supports the decision announced by the Government to attempt phased eradication of Mycoplasma bovis (Mp. bovis) from New Zealand.
“This has been a difficult decision to reach, and we acknowledge that it won’t please all farmers,” says B+LNZ Chairman Andrew Morrison.
“As a Southland farmer near to one of the epicentres, I am well aware of the impact of this response on farmers, their families and our communities. . .
M bovis: A ‘tricky disease’ that’s ‘not easy to tame’ – Dr Helen Beattie:
As a veterinarian working on the foot and mouth response in the UK, I’ve seen the misery that outbreaks of serious infectious diseases can bring down on the agricultural sector – animals, farmers and their communities. Containing these outbreaks always involves hard choices and significant consequences – there are seldom any easy solutions.
So, I don’t envy the government ministers who will make the call on how New Zealand will respond to the Mycoplasma bovis (M bovis) outbreak. They have to choose between trying to eradicate the disease or accepting that it has taken hold in New Zealand and opting to manage it.
M bovis is a tricky disease and whatever option is chosen, it will not be easy to tame. Which ever way the decision goes, there will be no going back to business-as-usual on farms. . .
Pupils get taste of farming life – Sally Rae:
Oamaru Intermediate School (OIS) went to the dogs last week — with a few sheep thrown in as well.
The school’s 280 pupils visited Fraser Farm, at Waitaki Boys’ High School, as part of the Agrication project. It aimed to put pupils from 100 schools on to sheep and beef farms and, over the past two weeks, 1100 children had been on farms nationally.
Funded by the Red Meat Profit Partnership and delivered by New Zealand Young Farmers’ school engagement team, the aim was to help pupils and teachers understand the wealth of career opportunities available in the agri-food sector. . .
The offer of 1.8 million free manuka seedlings by Te Uru Rakau (Forestry New Zealand) in partnership with Manuka Farming New Zealand has proved hugely popular with applications totaling 5.2 million seedlings.
Manuka Farming New Zealand (MFNZ) General Manager Stephen Lee says they were overwhelmed by the huge interest for the seedlings. The initiative contributes to the Government’s One Billion Trees Programme.
“We had 1.8 million manuka trees available, which would cover about 1,635 hectares in plantings across New Zealand. Within a week we had 70 applications, totaling 3.6 million seedlings, and covering around 2,841 hectares. . .
(BusinessDesk) – First NZ Capital has cut its rating on Fonterra Shareholders’ Fund units as the dairy cooperative’s seeming inability to convert capital investment into earnings growth and poor track record in adding value raises questions over its ability to retain domestic suppliers.
Analyst Arie Dekker lowered his rating on the units, which give investors exposure to Fonterra Cooperative Group’s earnings, to ‘underperform’ from neutral, and sliced 17 percent from his target price to $5.09. The units recently rose 0.9 percent to $5.38. . .
Ballance Agri-Nutrients, in partnership with leading SAP and technologies provider Soltius, has won a prestigious global award for its new omni-channel farm management system, MyBallance.
MyBallance – “your farm at your fingertips” – connects multiple data sources to provide real time information and analytics to Ballance customers across all devices; helping inform on-farm decision making as well as simplifying business processes.
The digital solution, which leverages multiple SAP HANA applications, stood out amongst 170 entries to win the Best Run Award at the SAP Innovation Awards 2018. . .
New independent research findings continue to highlight the nitrogen mitigating effects of Ecotain environmental plantain, with one study showing it halved the concentration of urinary nitrogen in cows.
In September 2017, proprietary seed company Agricom announced major research findings that showed Ecotain can significantly reduce nitrogen leaching from urine patches on livestock farms. Most nitrogen leaching from livestock farms comes from the urine patch, an area containing high concentrations of nitrogen from animals’ urine.
Agricom’s lead scientist Dr Glenn Judson says the new independent research findings, which have come from several post-graduate students’ PhD theses, continue to demonstrate the benefits of Ecotain. . .
One of New Zealand’s foremost breeding studs has begun selling some of its land as a residential subdivision – supplying the high demand in and around Cambridge for large quality sections.
The land now encompassed by the Oaks Stud has been the home of legendary mare Sunline who won $13 million in prize money during his illustrious 32 win career in the 1990’s.
The Oaks Stud also produced New Zealand’s Horse of the Year, Seachange, who won a world title along with $1.7 million in prize money. . .