Federated Farmers is working closely with MPI and other industry groups to understand the discovery of M. bovis on farms in New Zealand. Check here for resources, factsheets and information as we have it to keep up to date with what it means for you.
Mycoplasma bovis disease
Mycoplasma bovis (M.bovis) is a bacterial disease that is commonly found in cattle all over the world, including Australia. It does not infect humans and presents no food safety risk. There is no concern about eating meat, milk and milk products.
It does lead to a serious condition in cattle and therefore constitutes an animal welfare and productivity issue. It spreads from animal to animal through close contact. Between farms it spreads through the movement of animals that are infected but not showing symptoms. its is also potentially spread on contaminated equipment and the feeding of untreated milk to calves.
How it affects cows:
- untreatable mastitis in dairy and beef cows
- sever pneumonia in up to 30% of infected calves, starting as a hacking cough
- ear infections in calves, the first sign typically being one droopy ear, progressing to ear discharges and in some cases a head tilt
- swollen joints and lameness (severe arthritis/synovitis) in all ages of cattle
- know the signs to look out for - see the poster in the factsheets on the right. If stock show unusual levels of mastitis
To find out when there will be a meeting in your area, a video from DairyNZ's team about M.bovis or more DairyNZ resources, click here