Mycoplasma bovis compensation

Find out if you are eligible for compensation under the Biosecurity Act 1993 and how to apply.

Check if you are eligible for compensation

You may be eligible for payment of compensation if you have a verifiable loss from the Mycoplasma bovis response. The loss must be a result of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) exercising its powers under the Biosecurity Act 1993 as part of the response.

For example, farmers who have been directed to have animals culled, or who have had their farm operations restricted under movement controls, may be eligible for compensation.

Compensation losses and operational costs

Refer to our fact sheet for examples of compensation losses and on-farm operational costs that may occur due to the Mycoplasma bovis response.

Compensation claim form

If you're eligible for compensation, you'll need to complete a compensation form and submit proof of your loss. You can either download the compensation claim form or ask us to send you a copy by emailing compensationcoordinator@mpi.govt.nz

Compensation claim form – Mycoplasma bovis [DOCX, 303 KB]

 Check the frequently asked questions below for your loss type to ensure you fill out the form correctly. 

Compensation assistance team

Help available for affected farmers – phone 0800 32 22 81

Beef + Lamb New Zealand and Dairy New Zealand have a compensation guide available. It was prepared in consultation with MPI. The guide includes:

  • the claim process
  • definitions and terms
  • common 'real life' scenarios
  • commonly made mistakes.

Compensation guide for farmers affected by the Mycoplasma bovis response [PDF, 1.6 MB]

The DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand Compensation Assistance Teams (DBCAT) are available to help you:

  • understand whether you are eligible for compensation
  • clarify what losses you can claim for
  • work through the compensation claim forms
  • through the compensation claim process.

This is a free service supported by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and run independently by DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand. To be put in touch with a compensation assistant phone 0800 32 22 81. Or email:

For general information about compensation contact the MPI compensation coordinator: 

How compensation works

Who can claim compensation?

You will need to provide evidence to show that you are the legal owner of the property and/or goods that were damaged or destroyed as a result of MPI's exercise of powers. MPI will pay the legal owner if they are assessed to be eligible.

When to make a claim

You can claim compensation from the date the loss was incurred, or within one year from the date that verifies your loss.

More than one claim?

You can combine your losses into one claim, or make separate claims for a number of losses. All claims should be submitted to MPI within one year from the date of loss. If you incur further losses after being paid compensation, you may still make another claim.

Your questions answered

Download the relevant frequently asked questions (FAQs) to find out what you can claim for, how you can claim, and what evidence we need.

Contact the MPI compensation coordinator if you would like us to send you this information.

Stock destruction

You can claim compensation immediately after your stock has been culled. You must claim within one year for the loss of stock from the date that verifies your loss – the date the stock were culled.

Stock replacement – higher market prices

You can claim compensation from the date the movement restriction powers were exercised by MPI, or within one year of this date that verifies the loss. 

Milk production

MPI has worked with industry partners and consultants to develop a revised tool to help calculate milk production losses. We have also put together an information pack with guidance material to help you when claiming compensation for your loss of milk production.

You can submit a claim for your milk loss going back to the date when MPI first exercised its legal powers on your dairy herd. From then, we'd prefer to receive subsequent claims every quarter, although you may submit monthly claims if you prefer. At the end of the season, there may be a wash-up payment once the farmgate final price has been announced.

Beef production loss

You can claim compensation from the date the loss was incurred, or within one year from the date that verifies your loss.

Bull servicing income loss

You can claim compensation for the loss of bull servicing income within one year from the date that verifies your loss – the date the bull servicing contract was cancelled.

Grazing income loss

You can claim compensation for the loss of grazing income from the date the loss was incurred, or within one year from the date that verifies your loss – the date the grazing contract was cancelled.

  • Grazing income loss FAQs (coming soon)

Movement restrictions

You can claim compensation for movement restriction losses from the date the loss was incurred, or within one year from the date that verifies your loss.

How we process your claim

Once MPI receives your application form and all the supporting evidence, we will start the assessment. We'll then seek approval of any decision to pay you.

You will be contacted with the outcome as soon as we make a decision.

Flow diagram of claim processing from left to right: apply, assess, decision, sign-off, outcome

Checklist of what we need

In some instances, we might need to contact you for further information if anything is missing. Make sure you've provided us with:

  • a completed claim form
  • signed Statutory Declaration
  • supporting documentation and evidence
  • any additional information that explains your circumstances.

Who to contact at MPI

For general information about claiming compensation, contact the MPI compensation coordinator:

  • Phone: 0800 00 83 33
  • Email: compensationcoordinator@mpi.govt.nz
  • Post: Ministry for Primary Industries, PO Box 2526, Wellington 6140
  • Courier: Ministry for Primary Industries, Pastoral House, 25 The Terrace, Wellington 6011
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