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Cattle disease spreads to third Tairawhiti farm

A THIRD farm in Tairawhiti has tested positive for Mycoplasma bovis.

The property is close to Gisborne and inland of the city in a north-westerly direction.

Federated Farmers said the latest finding was no cause for concern in the region.

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) confirmed the presence of the cattle disease in Tairawhiti last month, with two properties on the East Coast under quarantine control.

The third property has shown up on MPI’s M.bovis situation report this week, and the map indicates the farm is somewhere north-west of Gisborne.

Two properties at the top of East Cape were placed under “notices of direction” last year. They have since been given restriction notices.

The same applies to the third identified property, which has been declared “active” for M.bovis.

Across the country there are 43 “active” farms.

The term “active” means cattle on those farms have M.bovis.

Active properties have yet to be depopulated of affected stock, cleaned and have their restrictions lifted.

Under privacy provisions, MPI remains unable to publicly identify the exact location of infected properties.

Gisborne-Wairoa Federated Farmers meat and wool chairman Sam Hain said the latest news “was not cause for concern or alarm” for Gisborne and East Coast farmers.

“The three infected properties have been directly linked to other infected farms in other regions,” Mr Hain said.

“They have also been directly linked to the trucking of livestock.

“The infected stock were trucked into the region unknowingly.”

Mr Hain said it was becoming more important for farmers to verify the source of stock coming in rather than trust a third party.

“The Nait regulations have changed and everyone has to re-register.

“Farmers must make sure they have done that.”

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