15th June 2018


  • rSmallest living cell and doesn’t contain any cell walls which makes it immune to antibiotics to get rid of it.
  • The whole globe has had it and can’t get rid of it without killing their whole herd and ruin the meat business.
  • Only found in cattle. Both dairy cows and beef cattle
  • Signs: Arthritis, late term abortion, pneumonia
  • Spread through close contact
  • Confirmed to be identified on 2 farms in south Canterbury and now 13 properties confirmed to having the disease
  • If one cow in a herd has it the whole herd will have to be killed to get rid of the disease which decreases amount of meat sales and gives a rise in price as it is rarer.
  • It isn’t a food safety risk but it affects animal welfare and production

How would feel having to kill your whole herd of cows because one of them is sick, ruining your income and your job even your life. Well people among us are going through that right now. The mycoplasma bovis disease is spread through cattle and to make matters worse it is easily passed on just through close contact with each other.. It has traveled the world and New Zealand is now a victim of it. The first place in New Zealand to have confirmed to have the disease was 2 farms in South Canterbury and has quickly spread to over 13 farms nationwide. The way that this disease can be such a problem is that it is immune to any antibiotics to cure the cattle of the disease. No countries have tried to eradicate it and Norway is the only country who hasn’t had it. The signs of the disease include Arthritis, late term abortion and pneumonia. The ministry of primary industries was going to make an attempt to cure cows of the disease but have come to a conclusion that they will just eradicate all the cows holding the disease and cattle that are at a high risk of it. This means that over 126,000 cattle will be killed from over 190 farms. It is estimated that the eradication will take near to one – two years. The ministry have let the farmers have a time of their choice to do eradication so it won’t disrupt their dairy or meat industry so abruptly as it could if the ministry was kill the cows under their control. None of the meat from the culled cows will be eaten although the disease doesn’t have a food safety risk. This has been the system used by every country to obtain the disease which is everywhere except Norway. This means that it was definitely expected for our country to obtain it at some stage as it has been an ongoing global crisis with every farm holding the disease having to eradicate their herd which disrupts their income, jobs and life to a point. It really puts things to a hault with the meat and dairy industry which spikes in price to make it hard for families to continue having the produce until stock is increased once again.

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