Author Archives: Keith Woodford

About Keith Woodford

Keith Woodford is an independent consultant, based in New Zealand, who works internationally on agri-food systems and rural development projects. He holds honorary positions as Professor of Agri-Food Systems at Lincoln University, New Zealand, and as Senior Research Fellow at the Contemporary China Research Centre at Victoria University, Wellington.

Mycoplasma bovis: how long has it been here?

A key question for MPI and Government to address is how long has Mycoplasma bovis been in New Zealand. The answer to that question, together with MPI’s capacity to upscale their operational capacity, will largely determine whether or not eradication … Continue reading

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A smorgasbord of agricultural issues

[For the last three years I have been writing fortnightly columns for NZFarmer, which is delivered free to all New Zealand farmers. However the agricultural press in New Zealand is undergoing major change. One part of that change is that … Continue reading

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Mycoplasma bovis: European semen is the likely source

It is now increasingly evident that European-sourced semen, imported legally but containing live Mycoplasma bovis that survived the antibiotic cocktail, is the likely source of the organism in New Zealand dairy. The evidence suggests it struck first in Southland, but … Continue reading

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Mycoplasma bovis – focusing on the immediate

[This is an open letter to the Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor, sent on the evening of 29 May 2018, as part of an ongoing dialogue.] Dear Damien Mycoplasma bovis: focusing on the immediate This is a further open letter. … Continue reading

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Mycoplasma bovis – what does ‘phased eradication’ mean?

Today’s decision by New Zealand’s Government to undertake a “phased eradication” of Mycoplasma bovis appears to be a useful compromise from the ‘nuclear’ slaughter option. It allows farmers to negotiate as to when their infected herds will be culled. This … Continue reading

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Mycoplasma bovis: do we need to go so fast and should the North and South Islands be managed separately?

[This is a letter that I sent today (25 May 2018)  to the Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor] Honourable Damien O’Connor Minister of Agriculture  Greetings Damien Mycoplasma bovis I am writing this to you because of the huge decision that … Continue reading

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Government must step back from Mycoplasma bovis

As I write this on 20 May 2018, New Zealand is at a crucial point in deciding how to manage Mycoplasma bovis. There are no good options. The worst option is for the Government to try and be the boss. … Continue reading

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