The bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis has been identified on a farm in the Ashburton area.
The Ministry for Primary Industries’ response incident controller, David Yard, says milk sampling carried out by the dairy industry just before Christmas revealed a suspected positive result. The ministry’s Animal Health Laboratory testing has just confirmed this.
“The affected farm and an associated property have been under controls since Christmas Eve as a precautionary measure. No animals or other risk goods such as used farm equipment have been allowed on or off the property during this time and these controls stand,” Mr Yard says.
There has been no sign of any illness in any of the approximately 600 animals on the property.
Mr Yard says that as a result of the new find, the ministry is tracing animal movements on and off the farm to determine if there are links to other affected properties.
The ministry will carry out checks and testing on some 30 other farms that have had some association with the affected property.
Tests are being conducted on another Ashburton area farm that had previously returned inconclusive results. As yet, this farm is not regarded as positive, although it is under control as a precaution.
The current number of infected properties now stands at 14:
* 9 in South Canterbury
* 3 in Southland
* 1 in Ashburton
* 1 in Hawkes Bay.