Medicine

New Zealand to kill 150000 cows to end bacterial disease

New Zealand to kill 150000 cows to end bacterial disease

Since it was first detected, the disease has spread to 37 farms, and computer modeling suggests it will eventually reach some 142 farms.

The disease causes udder infections, pneumonia and arthritis, but does not affect milk and meat for human consumption.

Although many cows are expected to be killed at processing plants and be used for beef, some may have to be killed and buried on farms or in specified landfills, AP reported.

Federated Farmers National President Katie Milne said the process represents a "rough time" for the farmers, adding that they "have to support them as neighbours, community members, farmers, friends".

The government has said that it will try to provide relief to the affected farmers in the form of compensation.

"This is a tough time, and the pain and anguish they're going to go through is really ugly", she said of the affected farmers.

An internal investigation has been initiated by the cops of the country with the Ministry of Primary Industries in order to find out as to how the cow disease emerged into New Zealand and spread such far affecting both the islands.

A cow is seen near the fence of a pastoral farm near Auckland August 6, 2013.

MPI said a substantial part of farmers' claim for culled cows should now take four-to-10 days, with a fully verified claim taking two-to-three weeks. It has been found on about 40 farms so far, but 192 farms are likely to be involved in the culling.

Authorities are investigating how the bacteria arrived in New Zealand despite its strict biosecurity controls.

Government and farming sector leaders have agreed to cull 126,000 cows and spend more than NZ$800m ($560m) over 10 years in an attempt to save the national dairy herd and protect the long-term productivity of the farming sector, which is New Zealand's second biggest export earner.

1 NEWS visited a Canterbury farmer hugely affected by the cattle cull, announced by the government yesterday.

A Canterbury farmer says he wants someone from the Government to come out and talk to him as he prepares to lose another 900 cows in the Mycoplasma bovis cull.


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