Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

New Zealand to kill 150000 cows to end bacterial disease

New Zealand to kill 150000 cows to end bacterial disease

A new report pointed out that New Zealand would walk up a step to eradicate the disease Mycoplasma Bovis by slaughtering near about hundred thousand cows.

The government and agricultural leaders announced Monday that it will spend over $600 million over the next decade to rid the country of Mycoplasma bovis, which causes udder infections, pneumonia, arthritis and other illnesses.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern have made it clear the aim of the slaughter is to protect New Zealand's economy, which reportedly relies heavily on the animals' deaths and exploitation.

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The alternative plan, long term management of the disease, was estimated to cost $1.2 billion.

New Zealand authorities are investigating how the bacteria entered the country, where it was detected for the first time in the New Zealand's history in July 2017.

The Mycoplasma bovis outbreak was the "rainy day" the government was planning for, Ardern said.

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"This is a tough time, and the pain and anguish [affected farmers] are going to go through is really disgusting", she said.

Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. She said they would try to make sure affected farmers had all the support they needed, including adequate compensation. "And we have to support them as neighbors, community members, farmers, friends". The dairy herd of the country reportedly has around 6.6 million cows. They say all the infections found so far can be traced back to a single farm, and that the bacteria likely arrived in New Zealand 18 months before they were first identified. The nation would be spending near about NZ$800m (five hundred sixty million dollars) over about ten years in order to protect the dairy herd of New Zealand and secure the future dairy production of the nation's farming industry, which yields the nation the second largest profit.

"The majority of animals that we do cull in New Zealand are all healthy".

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Officials say they expect to know by the end of the year whether the eradication plan is working.

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