The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) today confirmed its testing has found a second farm in the North Island with positive Mycoplasma bovis infection.

The Ministry’s director of response, Geoff Gwyn says the affected farm is a mixed sheep and beef property in the Pahīatua area.

“This farm has been identified through tracing and use of NAIT (National Animal Identification and Tracing) records and is connected to other infected properties through animal movements.

“The farmer concerned has been very cooperative with movement controls and has not moved any animals off the property, except to slaughter, since even before legal restrictions were issued,” Mr Gwyn says.

MPI says while this is the second North Island detection it should not be considered a major turning point in the response.

“This is, in fact, just a further property uncovered through robust tracing activity. It is likely we will find further positive properties as this tracing continues.”

More to come.