Review panel appointed to learn the lessons from NZ’s response to M. bovis

An independent review of the Mycoplasma bovis Programme is being carried out to identify lessons that can be learned from New Zealand’s largest biosecurity response.

Programme partners DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the Ministry for Primary Industries have appointed Professor Nicola Shadbolt (Chair), Dr. Roger Paskin, Professor Caroline Saunders and Mr Tony Cleland to carry out the review.

DairyNZ chair Jim van der Poel said it was best practice to carry out a review of an eradication programme of this scale and was also a commitment made to farmers at the start of the programme.

“Eradicating M. bovis is hard work but with the whole sector working together, we have made really good progress. It’s important we capture what we’ve learned and utilise it for anything we might face in the future.”

Beef + Lamb New Zealand chair Andrew Morrison said it supported the review.

“There’s been a lot of good work by farmers and people involved in the Programme and we have worked hard to make improvements. We have a philosophy of continuous improvement and this review is the next step in our journey.”

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