6 Jan 2020

Concerns M Bovis may have returned to a Southland farm

From Summer Report, 8:23 am on 6 January 2020

A Southland farmer is concerned the Mycoplasma Bovis disease is back on his farm, 18 months after his old cattle herd had to be culled.

The disease can cause mastitis, pneumonia, arthritis, and late-term abortions.

Ben Walling and Sarah Flintoft had 1,700 cattle culled after M-Bovis was discovered on their farm.. A few months later, the farm was declared disease-free.

Afterwards, they told RNZ they hoped they would never have to go through that again.

But now MPI is back on their farm, and hundreds of cattle are having to be blood tested for the disease.

Ben Walling speaks to Logan Church