29 May 2018

M bovis eradication: Govt 'giving it a shot' with $886m plan

From Morning Report, 7:10 am on 29 May 2018

The government admits its plan to wipe out the cattle disease mycoplasma bovis is a near billion dollar gamble. The Agriculture Minister, Damien O'Connor, says the plan may not work, but there's no option other than giving it a shot. The small rural community of Winton has been ground zero for the outbreak. All cases of the devastating disease can be traced back to one dairy farm just north of the town. RNZ Otago-Southland reporter Timothy Brown went there yesterday.