Numbers of M Bovis restricted farms dropping

The number of farms with stock restrictions in place due to the Mycoplasma Bovis outbreak is dropping, however the number of properties confirmed with the cattle disease remain the same.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said farms with Restricted Place (RP) notices has dropped by two to 52.

Three previous Infected Properties (IP) have also had their status revoked after depopulating and undergoing a 60 day stand-down period. 

MPI said those farms are now able to begin the process of bringing stock onto the property returning to normal farming practice.

Meanwhile, three farms in the Canterbury region under RP notices have had their IP status confirmed - meaning the total number of Infected Properties remains at 32.

The latest update from the Ministry of Primary Industries.
The latest update from the Ministry of Primary Industries. Photo credit: Supplied

A Taranaki farm was also served a RP notice on Thursday, the first one in Taranaki since the outbreak was discovered in New Zealand.

MPI said the cattle from the farm came from another farm which is infected and the tests show the herd has been exposed to Mycoplasma bovis, therefore it was at a very high risk of being infected.