Category Archives: Mycoplasma bovis

It’s time for a stocktake on Mycoplasma bovis

It is now two years since Mycoplasma bovis was first identified in New Zealand. In those two years there have been 178 farms with confirmed infections.  In the last six months the cumulative number of confirmed infections has doubled. The … Continue reading

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Mycoplasma bovis eradication risks are much greater than admitted

Taxpayers and farmers are collectively committed to pay more than $800 million for eradication of Mycoplasma bovis.  It is therefore reasonable that they are provided with good information as to how eradication is proceeding.  Unfortunately, the current information from MPI … Continue reading

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The pain of Mycoplasma bovis is not being shared fairly

Anyone reading the official information from MPI would be entitled to believe that the Mycoplasma bovis eradication campaign was going remarkably well. However, amongst the directly afflicted farmers, things remain far from sweet. MPI has acknowledged that afflicted farmers have … Continue reading

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Mycoplasma bovis eradication is far from done and dusted

There is a widespread belief in both the rural and urban communities that Mycoplasma bovis is well on the way to being eradicated from New Zealand. My response here is that there is a still a long way to travel … Continue reading

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Mycoplasma communication team needs to play with a straight bat

MPI is currently reporting a positive story about Mycoplasma bovis eradication. There is indeed good news to report. But in cricket terminology, the communication team needs to play with a straight bat. I found myself to be a topic in … Continue reading

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Mycoplasma bovis compensation mired in delays as plot thickens

The messages coming from MPI, and also mirrored by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s recent comments, are that good progress is being made with Mycoplasma bovis eradication and that MPI is getting on top of its problems. The reality from where … Continue reading

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MPI needs new thinking and more transparency

[This article is published at http://www.interest.co.nz and is forthcoming at Farmers Weekly] The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is desperately in need of both new thinking and more transparency. It has a culture and internal power relationships which align with … Continue reading

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