Advice for farm service providers and transporters

Those that work on farms have a role to play in helping eradicate Mycoplasma bovis.

Farm service providers

What you can do to help reduce the risk of spreading disease:

  • Don't arrive unannounced. Let the farmer know you plan to visit their farm and ask what their requirements are.
  • Be proactive – assure farmers of your hygiene practices.
  • Farmers should be using routine on-farm biosecurity practices to minimise risk to their animals. Comply with the farm's cleaning and disinfection requirements to help minimise risk.
  • Clean and disinfect footwear, protective clothing, and equipment before coming on the farm and again before leaving the farm.

Recommended disinfectants

  • 1% Virkon – 50g in 5 litres water
  • 0.2% citric acid – 1 teaspoon in 1 litre water
  • Trigene – used according to label instructions.

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Transporting animals from farms under restrictions

This information applies to all operators transporting cattle, including:

  • trucking companies
  • slink and bobby calf transporters
  • pet food processors.

All properties under a Restricted Place Notice require permits to move animals on or off the property, including between properties and to slaughter. Places under Notices of Direction require permits to move animals off (but not on to) the property.

Permits can be issued for vehicles to visit multiple movement-controlled farms on the same trip. Make sure you move the vehicle from low risk to high risk properties, as directed by the transport permit. Vehicles that have collected animals from a Restricted Place or place under a Notice of Direction can't move onto farms with a lower risk until they have unloaded the animals and been cleaned and disinfected. Under the permit, trucks must be cleaned and disinfected at the end of each movement.

Managing bobby calf and slink movements

There is very low risk of spreading the disease to unaffected farms through bobby calf and slink transport. If you're transporting animals from infected farms or farms under controls, make sure you meet their permit conditions.

Graziers

Thousands of New Zealand dairy cattle are wintered or grazed off their home farms. There are many ways graziers can protect the health of the stock they manage.

Our winter feeding update gives good advice for graziers moving stock.

DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand also have information sheets:

Resources library

We have a resources library with documents, guidance, and fact sheets you can download on Mycoplasma bovis. It has information for farmers, industry, and the general public.

Who to contact

If you have questions about Mycoplasma bovis: 

For support, contact your local Rural Support Trust:

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