New Zealand will roll out a nationwide program to test dairy farms for the cattle disease mycoplasma bovis as the number of affected properties steadily grows, the Ministry for Primary Industries said on Friday.
Too much milk leaves markets looking dim, but Host Chip Flory is looking for some optimism. The questions is, will he find any? Pro Farmer Dairy Editor Mike Opperman joins the show to give some insight.
New Zealand, the world’s biggest dairy exporter, will spend more than NZ$880 million ($610 million) in a bid to eradicate the mycoplasma bovis cattle disease, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.
Clostridial diseases are incredibly frustrating to deal with on a dairy. They can occur rapidly, without warning and often in bunches. They are nearly impossible to treat and generally appear with deadly consequences—one morning a cow or calf appears to be healthy and the next day she’s gone.
On Jan. 1, 2017, the National Dairy FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) Program grew some teeth, with the voluntary program now taking on the look of a more mandatory program that will require certain agreeme